When space is tight, setting up a live Christmas tree and all the trimmery can be quite the challenge. Small houses just don’t have the space for lots of Christmas decorations and definitely not enough space for a huge over sized tree. Instead of foregoing the tree however, why not think creatively instead for a location where the tree might work?
Back when I was a single mom living in a small house, setting up a live Christmas tree in our tiny living room took a bit of doing. I wasn’t willing to give up having a tree for the kid’s sake so instead came up with some wild solutions for setting up the tree in our tiny home. Yeah, they were a bit off beat or maybe even a trifle inconvenient but they worked for us and should work for you as well.
Behind the sofa on a crate. Is your sofa up against a wall? One great location for a live Christmas tree is to angle the sofa 45 degrees away from the wall, and set the Christmas tree just right behind it. Fir trees seemed to work best in this location. The year our tree was behind the sofa I selected a variety that had more height than width, which fit in nicely without taking up too much room.
On the kitchen table. Another year, I moved the kitchen table into the corner of our living room to use as a table base. A nice 5 foot high spruce was wedged into the corner of the table, which still gave us plenty of room for meals. Aside from the fun factor of eating meals beneath the Christmas tree, the table was in a very convenient location for serving up hor d’oeuvres on Christmas Eve.
In a wagon. Sometimes having guests over for the Christmas holidays means a little shuffling around when entertaining in a small house. One goofy location we’ve used was in the kids’ old Radio Flyer Wagon which was parked in front of my two upholstered chairs in front of the picture window. When it was just the three of us, the wagon stayed put. But when company came over, the wagon (and the tree) was wheeled to another part of the living room so the chairs could be used.
Move part of the fun outdoors. If all you can really manage is a small tabletop Christmas tree in your house, why not consider setting up a tree in the back yard or on the deck? I was fortunate enough to have a Colorado Blue Spruce in my front yard which we decorated with all the glitter and fun lights that a Christmas tree should have. An outside Christmas tree can be decorated with either lights, or seed balls & snacks for the birds and other critters. A live Christmas tree in a pot is great if you can find one; if not, a dense tree like a spruce is the best choice for an outside tree to decorate.