This year my husband and I unwittingly purchased what can only be considered a "Charlie Brown tree". If you sneeze, it loses needles. There's a gaping hole in the back that we've awkwardly pressed up against the wall, and it leans in its stand. And though I'd be the first to admit we still love it, I had to wonder if David Maybury, co-editor of Inís magazine, didn't have the right idea! He (and friends) constructed a Christmas tree entirely out of Irish picture books:



And apparently the idea is contagious - check out Galleycat's slide show of book trees from around the world.

Have you ever had an "alternative" Christmas tree? We'd love to hear your stories!

- Elena Spagnolie

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