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Thrifty Thursday err, Friday: Christmas Edition

Merry second third day of Christmas! Hubby has to work today, but Charlotte and I will be cleaning the house and I’ll be finishing a little Christmas project for our nephew before a family Christmas celebration tonight.

I found the steal of the century while shopping at our local American Cancer Society store several weeks ago!  My mom and I stopped at the American Cancer Society store on a whim.  We were browsing when I saw a woman preparing to purchase a cast iron Christmas tree stand.  It is a beautiful stand; ornate, bright red enameled, and in fantastic condition.  I’d never seen anything like it.  For whatever reason, she decided against the purchase and started carrying it back to where she (presumably) found it.  After confirming that she was not going to purchase the stand, I kid you not, I snatched it up before it even touched the floor.  It’s so sturdy that it will probably outlast my great great great grandchildren!  For the $15 price tag, I was sold.  At the register, I was informed that everything in the store was 50% off.  DOUBLY SOLD!  I whipped out my wallet, purchased the stand, did a happy dance, and stashed it in my car before my mom even realized I’d gone missing.  And then I went back inside and did more shopping.

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It looks beautiful under our tree!  I love it so much that I decided to forego the Christmas tree skirt this year (ours is a secondhand one that is ready to be retired) and as a bonus, I don’t have to worry about Charlotte constantly trying to eat the beads off the tree skirt.  She has the persistence of a missionary.  We’re thrilled that it’s so sturdy since Charlotte loves to pull herself up onto everything.  We’re not too concerned about her pulling the tree over because the stand is so heavy duty.  I found the stand just in time for our little family to go get our Christmas tree.  Our family room ceilings are at least 12-15 feet tall, so we got a 10 foot tree and the stand holds the tree comfortably.

Also, because I’m always nervous about having open containers of water over laminate wood and rugs, I went to Joanns and purchased 1 1/2 yards of navy blue vinyl from the home decor section for about $8, using a 50% off coupon.  In previous years, we’ve used a vinyl Christmas tablecloth, but it got torn up last year from the old stand.  We centered the tree stand on the new vinyl mat after I’d trimmed it up a bit, so we have peace of mind if there are any spills.  It also does a great job of catching a lot of the fallen pine needles and prevents the stand from scratching the floor!

Anyone else put waterproof material under their Christmas tree or are my mom and I the only weirdos?  Or, do you mitigate the water and pine needle issue by using a fake tree?