This Year’s Christmas Tree Idea


Saw this. Loved this. Santa Barbara Public Library.


And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 

Luke 2:10-12

The Christmas season is here and it’s time for me to get started on the house decorations. First on my list is the Tree.

Last year I had a Christmas tree ladder. This year I’m taking my idea from the city public library: a Christmas tree made from books.

Do not get me wrong. I love Christmas trees. Green, sappy, great-smelling trees. Needles-all-over-the-house trees. Cat-playhouse trees. Some of my most beloved childhood Christmas memories involve decorating the tree.

These days I’ve decided to get creative, have some fun, and go beyond the usual trek to Earl Warren Showgrounds for a cut tree. Making a tree both saves me money and gives my family something to giggle about behind my back.

I started this new tradition last year with the ladder, which I thought was so original until I googled it. There were almost two million posts on Christmas tree ladders.

OK — I just googled “Christmas tree stacked books.” Three million results. Again, not so original, but at least I’ll have a lot of reference points.

So, I will spend a few hours tomorrow evening gathering boxes of books from my shelves and garage, and turning my rectangular friends into a triangular tree. It will be a short tree — no more than four feet due to the area I’d like to have it stand. I have no instructions, but as we now know, millions of people have offered their ideas and I will surely use them.

Photos to come.

If you celebrate Christmas, what is your Christmas tree tradition? Living tree? Artificial? Cut-it-yourself? Something unusual like mine?

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. I just colored all over the lines with our latest tree–it is a large spray of white painted tree branches with a hint of sparkle, white lights, and broom-straw owls. Lots of them. I don’t have time to labor over it this year. It’s different. I will add some poinsettia sprays at its base to make it a little more festive. Then, done.


  2. I just love the book tree, Darla. My daughter made a small one for us, and the grandchildren wove twinkle lights around it. Such fun, until I realized a book I was reading was tucked in the middle of the arrangement!
    I still smile when I think of the ladder Christmas tree you posted last year. You have wonderful ideas.


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