questionsdo you put up a christmas tree when you are…

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I would, if I lived alone. As it is, I make sure to put one (of sorts) up in my room every year :)

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It would depend if I was having people over. If I was, yes, I'd put up a tree. If not, no, I wouldn't put it up just for me.

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When I lived with my parents I had a small tree in my room. We don't have kids but we still go all out with the decorations. They are for you to enjoy too!

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Lived alone for years, never put one up. I was rarely home, so I didn't see the point... now that I have a family, I love putting the tree up with them...

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No, I don't. I would do it if I were going to have visitors, but I don't decorate just for myself.

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Thanks for the answers and reasoning, I live alone and don't really plan to put one up this year as I will most likely only have a friend over during the holidays. I was not sure if a tree would have been expected?

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I dont live alone, but it is just the two of us here. My fiance and I decided not to put up a tree last year (our first holiday season not living with our respective parents). We wound up with a small one (three feet?) from her mother who complained that our house had no holiday spirit. I suspect the same thing will happen this year. We have decided that it isnt worth the time or money to decorate heavily for any given season since we dont have people over for any sort of seasonal events. If I were living alone, it would be all that much more of a reason not to.

With that said, I am putting up some very basic lights on the exterior of the house this year, and if you have a spot to put a little something up, you might consider it. I personally feel like some subtle exterior decorating (no giant inflatables!) is worth a minimal amount of effort, since it will be enjoyed by many people. If your living situation isnt really conducive to it though, dont bother going out of your way.

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After being alone for 3 years, and having no tree, nor any decorations, I can tell you that it is quite sad not to have a tree. Since it took 2 people to get down all the Christmas decorations from a loft in the garage, I finally hired someone to help me get them out, and they have been sitting in my foyer for months, waiting for the time to put them up. I do hope to finally have a tree this year. I do not expect any family will be here, but I hope it will seem more like Christmas.

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yes , i put up a small christmas tree in my living room , because i want to remind myself it's christmas , it ...is a little different .

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To solve the same problem I had, I bought a Charlie Brown Christmas tree I found at our local Aldi's. It was under 5 bucks, about a foot tall, required next to no set up, and still brought some Holiday Spirit. It also served as a talking piece and I got lots of compliments from any guests I had over : )

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Yes, I lived alone for several years before getting married and I always put up a tree, I love Christmas and I couldn't imagine not having one each year, even if it was for my enjoyment only. I know some guys that live alone though and they never put up a tree.

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I live alone and sometimes put up a tree. When I do it's a small, three foot tree with lots of colored lights and really small ornaments. Even if I don't put up a tree I do dress up my Mr Potato Heads (I have a bunch) with their Christmas parts. I've got parts for Santa, Micky Santa, a snowman and a few others. It's not much in the way of decorations but it works for me.

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Just the two of us and we used to do a tree and decorate. Last few years no tree. More of a time thing and I do not have many kitty friendly decorations. The kitties would love it and me too but I am too far behind on normal stuff to plan on decorating this year.

I do keep a few Christmas items out year round because I like them. I do not see the need to put them away except for a few weeks so we do have some decorations out.

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this will be my first Christmas alone in 20+ years, and I definitely plan on decorating to some extent. Inside and out. Not sure if I'll do a tree exactly, I've seen some tree'ish substitutes that interest me instead. Lights will be mandatory, they make the season.

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I do have a small tree that I usually put up. I've gotta have somewhere to put the lights, right? I put all the presents I get and those I plan to give under there. Unfortunately, the tree is losing needles at an increasing rate. I think it is time to get a new one.

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I had a small, live, tabletop tree a few times. But didn't bother with the "real" thing, since it was just for me.

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There is something sad about having no tree or decorations. I did that one year, and was just too unhappy to even stay home...so I went back to decorating, and at least a small tree. Oh, it is worth the money -- and the smiles when I look at the new ornaments for the year.

Still don't like being alone, tho.

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I have only had one Christmas alone in my adult life and I still put up a tree that year. Decembers don't seem right without some decorations and a tree.

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@wirges: yes! I too, have put up the lonliest xmas tree, when alone :P

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I always put one up when I lived alone. Since getting married, our cats have multiplied (went from 1 calm cat to 3 crazies) so we've stopped with the trees. This year I bought a christmas tree fathead (http://www.fathead.com/general-graphics/general-home-graphics/christmas-tree/) so we can still decorate without the cats ruining everything. Feels a little sadder than having a real true, but it's certainly better than no tree!

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Holiday decorations should make you happy: if you want a tree, put one up; if not, don't do anything just because you think others "expect" a tree or other holiday decorations.

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I've been living alone for the last 8 years. Other than when I was in the process of moving or deployed, I always put one up, and will again this year. I agree with @neuropsychosocial: I do it because it makes me happy.

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I always put up a tree when I lived alone. Sometimes I almost liked it better, because I could decorate however I wanted.

I love having decorations around. I suspect no one else in my family really cares, but I love having the house look and smell different before Christmas. Like others, it's nice to know that there's something a little special about that time of year.

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I have a little small tree that I always keep up. It gives off a lovely light and instead of ornaments, I put meaningful keepsakes and whatnot on it.

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My home is tiny, it takes a lot of space for a tree. I only put mine up every three or four years. Most years I decorate a small, tall table with a tree skirt, lights, ornaments, etc, in a single color scheme. I drape boxes of varying heights around the table to create a series of levels. Then I wrap all my gifts in the same color scheme and place them on the table, box levels and on the floor around the "tree" to create a nice gift display. I really like the "snow and ice" theme with white, crystal and pale blues. The cool colors make for a very high contrast with my warm mango and cinnamon living room colors. But a couple of years ago I gave my best friend a series of Scottish themed gifts. He has a utilikilt, so I got him a sporran, Sgian-dubh (kilt dagger), woolen kilt hose, and a certificate proclaiming him a Scottish laird of the tiny scrap of land (donation) I bought in his name. The decorations were tartan that year.

http://www.highlandtitles.com/

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Depends if I'm in the mood for it. I used to have a nice large tree, and that was seriously effort, so it often ended up being an every other year sort of affair. Now that I'm back in a very small apartment, I'm back to table top trees and light decorating.

The smaller trees (I have a small one and a taller one) allow for themes if I'm in the mood for that, which makes the holidays even more fun for me. One year I decorated the tree with butterflies, for example. This year I think I'm likely to just break out the traditional ornaments, although I have until December to decide. :)

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That depends if you want to I guess. A little tree never hurt anyone.

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@inkycatz: We used to have tree decorating contests between the departments at work. My two best ones were the Angel Tree and the Noah's Ark Tree. For the Angel Tree, I used brass tubing to make a large halo which I affixed to the top of the tree, and foam core, feathers and glitter to make enormous angel wings which I mounted to the tree's "shoulders". We put on white lights, and everyone in the office brought a pair of white or clear angel ornaments, so the tree was covered in white and crystal. It came out quite beautiful. Another year I made a Noah's Ark tree topper from construction paper and Popsicle sticks. I clustered small dark blue, light blue and silver ornaments to be "raindrops" and put blue and silver garlands winding around the tree to be "water". Each person in the office brought a pair of beanie baby animals which we hung to look as if they were walking on the water toward the ark. It was very cute.

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I live alone, and I have a ceramic Christmas tree my Mom gave me. I always put it up every year. It's a tradition for me.

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I still put my 8" or so battery operated tree I had when I was single on top of my home server rack. (The Charlie Brown tree I got a couple of years ago goes in the server room here at work.)