Discerning The Real Purpose Of A Christmas Tree Skirt

•  Just this week friends gave us a wonderful holiday present.  We now have a beautiful quilted, velvet Christmas tree skirt, monogrammed with our name, under our tree.

This is a huge step up from our previous faded cotton, mis-stitched, puny Christmas tree skirt, that I purchased in a fit of cheap, when it was on sale at Lowe’s after the holidays.

•  Our new perfect Christmas tree skirt has reminded of two things.

First, my mother, who enjoyed the giving and baking aspects of Christmas, did not care for Christmas decorating.  AT ALL.  Her example definitely rubbed off on me.  Case in point?  No nice Christmas tree skirt for us when I’m left in charge.

Second, I remembered Bernice [“you little fruitcake”], from Designing Women, wearing her Christmas tree skirt gift as a piece of clothing.  It’s one of those classic sit-com moments that can still get me giggling.  Timeless, you know?

•  So without further ado, and with a hat tip to memories past, I give you today’s chuckle.  Enjoy, my friends.

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Ally Bean

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24 thoughts on “Discerning The Real Purpose Of A Christmas Tree Skirt”

    1. Kate, that skirt is beyond explanation. I never had any Christmas sweaters, but I believe you. There was a time when those sweaters were popular– and not in an ironic way like they are today.

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  1. We finally invested in a nice tree skirt a few years back too. It’s one of those things you never think to buy yourself, I guess.

    Designing Women—now there’s a blast from the past!

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  2. I miss designing women! I have a lovely handmade Christmas tree skirt – up in my storage unit. Haven’t seen it in years. Perhaps next year I will have a new space where I can bring out my favorite Christmas stuff.

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    1. Zazamataz, I’ve always cheaped it out when it comes to a Christmas tree skirt, so this new one is way cool. Hope you can get back to seeing yours on an annual basis. Something to look forward to.

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  3. Thanks for sharing that today! I loved Bernice! The shoulder pads have always stuck with me. I remember them as being HUGE!! I’m so glad you got a decent tree skirt…LOL!

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    1. Beth, our tree looks much better with the new tree skirt. It’s nowhere as fancy as the one that Bernice is wearing, but it’s lovely. Yep, I remember those shoulder pads, too. Ridiculously large… to balance the hair!

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  4. I loved that show! The women were so well-spoken and smart, and Julia’s ladylike confidence was an inspiration to me. Thanks for the clip.

    (My poor Christmas tree skirt is so long-suffering, thanks to my frequent mishaps with watering the tree. Additionally, the cats like to use it as their boxing ring when they feel feisty.)

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    1. nance, every so often a scene from Designing Women floats into my brain. I must have been at the right age to absorb it all. I loved Mary Jo who never gave up, or gave in, when the cause was a just one.

      I bet it’s funny to watch your cats re-purpose your Christmas tree skirt for their own amusement. Made me smile with that one.

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  5. The past few years, I’ve used my late mother-in-law’s skirt. I never had one before(just clear plastic) because we used to have a real tree with a train going around it. No room for a skirt. I’m not much into the decorating, especially lately.

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    1. Margaret, I’ve never had a train around my Christmas tree. I’m jealous! I’m less and less into seasonal decorating as the years go by, but a bit of Christmas here & there works for us.

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  6. We used a sheet for a tree skirt when I was a kid. I’ve never seen the need for anything more, though my friend has a tree skirt made out of her dad’s old neck ties that she adores, and I think that’s charming.

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    1. J. that’s what we did too! A white bed sheet looked like snow and was practical. Our new tree skirt is quite snazzy, but not as personal and unique as your friend’s one. What a lovely idea.

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  7. Hmmm, I think I need to invest in a nice tree skirt as every year we just grab a red (ish) blanket and sort of wrap that around….. I’ve never seen Designing Women so I need to watch some reruns!

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    1. Letizia, got to admit now that I see how pretty the tree skirt looks under the tree, I might have been remiss in not getting a stylish one along the way. ‘Tis good to have friends.

      Also, Designing Women was [still is?] one of the funniest TV shows around. The relationships among the women + the real life issues that they talked about were spot on at the time. Funny + smart.

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