A Christmas Ladder


My decision to have a Christmas ladder this year, instead of a tree, came to me while I was bringing in the boxes of decorations from the garage.

I noticed the ladder leaning against one wall and it all came together: tall; steps to display my trinkets; triangular-shape once I opened it; money saved. Perfect. And so unique. Who else would have a Christmas ladder?

Just to make sure, I Googled “Christmas ladder.”

Close to two million articles.

Not so unique.

Merry Christmas!

Darla McDavid

I'm Darla, a writer of stories about family, friends, goodness, and God. I love cats, coffee, gardening, and tall stacks of books. Click here to subscribe to my blog. You can also find me on Facebook and Instagram. In my other life, I'm an administrative professional and a Sunday School teacher for preschoolers.

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  1. In college, my roommate from Indiana set up a step ladder in our dorm room and showed me how to make a ‘ladder tree’–a miniature of the 8′ tall one her family put up each Christmas. So I knew what you were doing when you first wrote that you were setting up a Christmas ladder, but I didn’t realize how bright, elegant, personal and inspiring it would be. With such a ‘tree’ in the corner of the living room, I wouldn’t mind a sudden blizzard at all! I’d have a fire in the fireplace, and I’d curl up on the sofa under a quilt and be completely content.
    This is wonderful, Darla. Your picture is excellent!


    • It hasn’t been cold enough in Santa Barbara to use the fireplace this season — though we did have a few chilly nights in early December. Your description of content sounds wonderful and I’d include a book!


  2. I laughed out loud with this. I thought your idea was unique, because I had never heard of it. Think of all the pine needles you won’t have to clean up! Did you spray it with a balsam scent? 😉


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