By Andrew Liszewski
I’m all for easier solutions when it comes to holiday decorating, so I wholeheartedly support this clever alternative to a Christmas Tree. Why drive out to the local tree farm where you have to deal with cold temperatures, pushy tree salesman and a vehicle that’s far too small to carry it, when you have everything you need at home?
Just push together a couple of shelves stocked with an assortment of books and magazines and arrange them like you see in the photo. The tree would be even more festive if the shelves held your collection of The Saturday Evening Post complete with Norman Rockwell covers, but I guess Sports Illustrated and Popular Science would work just as well. For the most part the books are strategically arranged so they keep their positions on their own, but I suspect there could be some tape action used on the top shelves.
Once it’s setup you don’t have to worry about watering or breaking ornaments, and if you buy everyone books as a gift, they’ll look right at home when placed under the tree.