HOLIDAYography: Tree Skirt Alternative

The Christmas tree skirt was really bugging me and I had to tell you about it.  We've had this skirt for at least 5 years so I didn't feel any loyalty to it.  It's a bit too glam for what I have going on and I am not digging the burgundy since the majority of our ornaments are really red.  I'll likely put it in the yard sale box tonight. 

[Please ignore the pine needles.]

I had thought about making a new tree skirt.  I love the idea of making a tree skirt out of red and white felt and putting the kids' hand prints on it every year.  If you are interested in making one, click here for a tutorial in Family Fun Magazine.  But, it's already mid-December and I haven't sent my Christmas cards or wrapped any gifts so maybe a new tree skirt is too ambitious. Clearly I am getting old.

Having ditched the old skirt, I started prowling around the house for an alternative.  I found some fabric which would work, but wasn't really adding anything.  Then, I remembered the wool plaid throw I brought back from Scotland as a gift for Jim back in 1996 (!).  It's perfectly red and green and...

 It's the MacGregor tartan!

Even better, it's one less thing to store in the attic which will make Jim so happy.  After Christmas, I'll send it through the washing machine and put it back in the basement play room where it will likely become a fort again. 

Maybe next year I'll tackle a new tree topper.  

What do you use as a tree skirt?  Did you make it?  Does it have any sentimental value?