Retirement living senior makes own Christmas tree

Christmas is less than three weeks away, and Christmas trees are being sold across North America. One retirement living senior living in Warren, Ohio came up with a creative way to decorate the Christmas tree in his retirement home: he made the decorations himself.

David Mateer, a resident of North River Commons, created more than 100 light bulbs for use on the tree, according to an article in the Tribune Chronicle newspaper. And it’s not just the decorations which Mateer created; the tree itself was constructed by him, as well.

Mateer told the news source it took him about 10 months to create the Christmas ornaments, and he did it while watching television. If those two projects still weren’t enough, he also decorated his apartment door.

“To do the sequin bulbs takes a lot of time and patience. It can be tedious at times,” he said.

All of Mateer’s efforts have not been missed by his neighbours and friends at North River Commons. June Fitch, one resident, told the media outlet that while their community has had a Christmas tree every year in the lobby, 2011 is the first year where it was created by one of their own residents.