I’m a sucker for glitter and I love the way the light plays off of this ornament on our Christmas tree so I posted this picture on my Facebook page. My daughter-in-law responded almost immediately with this comment: “No closeups of superheros or singing chickens? This is an inaccurate depiction of your Christmas tree.” She is absolutely right. I believe that Christmas trees, as with any other home decor, are a reflection of their owner. Our tree is eclectic at best, but “nerdy” is probably the best word – and I’m totally okay with that.
Decorating our tree has always been a family affair. We bought new ornaments for our sons every year. Once they were old enough, they picked out their own ornaments so our tree is a reflection of their interests through the years. The following pictures are an accurate depiction of our tree:
This Darth Vader does more than just light up, it talks. The outlet that tree plugs into is operated by a light switch. When we flip the switch, the tree lights up and Darth intones “The force is strong with you young Skywalker, but you are not a Jedi yet.” Until last year, Darth was joined by these chickens clucking Jingle Bells.
Sadly, the chickens no longer cluck and, to be honest, I miss them.
In addition to the others, SpiderMan swings through the branches not the least bothered by the light bulb currently resting on his head.
Even Mario joins the party. (Mario Party, get it?)
Not necessarily nerdy, but nonetheless unique, the Oscar Mayer weinermobile joins us for the holidays. It used to play the Oscar Mayer theme with the press of a button. Unfortunately, like the chickens, the weinermobile is now silent.
I enjoy the trip down memory lane every year when my boys come home to help us trim the tree but the trip is a little shorter these days. My youngest son took several of his ornaments with him when he moved out, which is fine. That was the purpose of getting the boys their own ornaments after all. So, I’m making new memories with new ornaments and pulling out others that haven’t been used in a while. After all, that’s what life is all about, making new memories and enjoying the journey.
On that note, dear readers, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
What sort of decorations do you have? Does your tree have a theme or a color scheme or is it more eclectic?