Wednesday, November 28, 2007

O Christmas Tree, Funky Christmas Tree



The tree is up, the lights have been strung, the candy canes and ornaments are hung. At least until Abby decides to rearrange things to her satisfaction. The candy canes are actually disappearing pretty quickly.



Our tree is no vision of serene white lights, red ribbons, or gold balls. There is no theme. The decorations are not evenly spread about. Bing Crosby isn't playing softly in the background. Our stockings don't match and there are no names embroidered neatly across the tops.



We have Scooby Doo mingling with hand-made ornaments. Yes, we even have some of the salt dough ones that the kids hand-painted at school. We have silver balls and blue ones dusted with glitter. Abby has rubbed much of that off. The lights are multi-colored and wink on and off.





My kids only know Bruce Springsteen's version of "Santa Claus is Coming to Town!" Abby's stocking has a snowman and J.T.'s a Santa, Rob's has a Christmas tree on it and is lime green. Mine is another snowman. Nothing matches, some of our ornaments are getting a bit tatty and the kids are constantly moving the decorations about. The tree will eventually lean once they've put the ornaments in a big lump on one side, one string of lights will blink off permanently and there won't be one solitary candy cane left. But it's our funky tree and it suits us.

11 comments:

Maddy said...

Aha! A woman after my own heart - non matched un embroidered stockings! I like to think that ours are individual [pity they're not all the same size though, someone may notice soon.]
Cheers

Fairlie said...

The tree is up??? Whatever happened to last-minute tree decoration?

By the time our cats get to our tree, it leans, the lighst don't work, the ornaments get arranged higher and higher...

But it starts off pretty.

bluemountainsmary said...

I always plan in my head the perfect christmas tree.

but it pretty much ends up like yours...

tracey petersen said...

I tried to stick to a red and gold theme - no purple. But those damned kids think that Christmas is about THEM and make their own improvements.

Aunty Evil said...

Yep, like bluemountainsmary, I always have this department store version of a christmas tree in my head, one that makes people gasp with the wonder and beauty of it all.

Instead, what I end up with is scrappy tinsel from not being able to unravel it last year from the tree and tugged it so hard half the stuff came away from the string, balls that Sam the cat chased around the house half a dozen times, and some santas I bought years ago where you press his shoulder blades and his hands open, enabling him to grab onto the branches.

These santas can oft be found hanging from the light fittings, blinds and various other places that MDH moves them around to at will.

precious pink pumps said...

I am sooooo impressed you have your tree up already. Well done. You put me to shame. Love your funky tree.

M said...

Saturday 1 December is Christmas tree day in our house. We have the eclectic-looking tree too, and love it - every fake frond of it.

Stomper Girl said...

I prefer to describe that sort of tree decoration as charming. Our tree has a lot of charm.

I'm not sure what to do about the tree situation this year actually, as we are going away to my sister's for Christmas...

crafty said...

Sounds familiar.

I'm sorry I missed your last post, my mother is a breast cancer survivor, the diagnosis is such a shock, thinking of you and your family wishing you all the best for her treatment and recovery.

Team SAK said...

Tree looks great. I love the eclectic feel and the combination of handmade and bought decorations. At the end of the day its not about show window or department store perfection but more about what is perfect for your family. It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas even with 32 deg C forecast this weekend!

Sue xx said...

Love the tree! We put our up today and our is the same lots of odd stuff. It's funny though the girls were going through all the ornaments and the few first christmas ones we have and were saying "is this mine". They were all Tims I realised that we, Mum and her friends bought Tim all first birthday ornaments and the girls well hey we were a bit over it by then :)

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