so this morning lily asks me what i'm planning to do with the tree skirt of much frustration (she didn't actually call it that, but i'm still feeling overly dramatic about the situation) and if she could have it for her little tree. i told her of course she could!
she wrapped her little tree up like the tree from charlie brown's christmas and *ta da* problem solved!!
hooray lily!! thank you for your creative solution to my problem!! now i have a clean slate for making a tree skirt for the big tree! hooray!