This is a photo of the artificial Christmas tree I have put up every year since my stroke. After I fell on my patio last October I looked for ways to reduce my risk for falling. Denial finally faded so I could allow myself to picture what would have happened if I had broken my hip.
I had already made myself safer by keeping furniture sliders under the lounge chair next to this window so I can move it out of my way. This allowed me to place a folding chair next to the tree so I could sit down when decorating the bottom of the tree. However, decorating this six foot tree is tiring. I know fatigue is one of my triggers for falling so I ordered a small table top tree.
I am happy the figures of the magi and shepherd visiting the Christ child create a Christmas tableau in front of the tree. I made these figures years ago when my hobby was needlecraft. I also love the tiny Christmas tree balls. I am always amazed by how happy small things make me.
I have held onto the decorations for my big tree so I still have options if I change my mind - probably denial still at work.