As I was bullied into putting up the Christmas tree yesterday; I thought hey, there is a blog post in the making!
In all honesty, we pulled out the tree so we could take family Christmas pics in front of it, but once it was up- Sprog insisted that we decorate it all the way and that we pull out his tree (he has one for his room) and get it all decorated with lights and everything.
I usually don’t want anything Christmas up in the house until December because I am a person that keeps it up until 12th night (January 6th) and that is a long ass time to have it all up around the house collecting dust.
For some reason I decided we should include the dogs in our picture because I apparently snorted crack in my sleep (I did ask Willy why he was wearing a red helmet when he got up to pee in the middle of the night-I saw it on his head GLOWING plain as day y’all) and lets just say that was a stupid effing idea. The dogs were having none of it and almost knocked the camera over, Maddie yelped when Willy tried to get her in his lap and then later peed on the floor when he just looked at her. We tried to coerce them with treats but that turned them into raging ADHD psychopaths and it was insane in the membrane.
Here are some pics and then I’ll go back to talking about the tree.
So here is where we tried with all three (and actually got all three on “film”) Maddie is that dark thing in the bottom left corner. Mayday is blurred because she and Maddie are both going for the treat that is in my hand. I don’t know if it’s obvious but the upper part of the tree is undecorated because I only intended to crop in close on the zoom but didn’t have the chance before this picture when the dogs were going all crazy town.
Here is attempt number two and the shadow on Izzy is Maddie roaming around enjoying her sweet camera freedom.
Here we have Mayday convinced to wear the antlers on her head for long enough to get a pic. She got another treat for this.
And finally no dogs in sight.
Well… that was a fun little experiment. I don’t think we’ll be doing the stereotypical family in front of the tree shot again. First and last time evah!
So the tree. I’m a tree person, as in I like to SEE the tree underneath the ornaments. I don’t like to bling the thing within an inch of it’s life. Apparently the sprog is a mad blinger. He helped me with the big tree this year and we had to talk about restraint, filling in gaps and balance. Is it bad that I am so anal about this? Like Wills said, it’s not to the point that every branch is symmetrical like Ma-maw’s tree (she alternates every icicle and apple and garland), but I don’t like it when you have a shitload of ornaments all clumped together over here and then nothing over there, you know?
I have a theme for the tree, which seems to be a theme in the house really, I love peacock feathers. I am insane for them. I have that going on, on the tree. I don’t have any sentimental ornaments, those go on the Sprog’s tree. I have 4 peacocks on the tree, 2 copper butterflies with peacock feathered wings, some feather pouf things, some copper magnolias, some large mercury glass balls, a copper sequin ball, 4 balls in jewel colors that have velvet and sparkles on them and 2 krinkles ornaments. The rest are just ball ornaments in the colors of a peacock’s feather. All the lights are white and the top of the tree is a beaded star in purple with a burgundy velvet bow underneath and we have a burgundy corduroy tree skirt.
I’m thinking if I can get enough stuff on sale, I might switch up the tree to be all white and silver mercury glass next year, just to have something different for a year or two. We’ll see. I already have a lot of silver ball ornaments that are old and faded and some snowflake ornaments I got last year. Do y’all do themes or sentimental stuff on your trees? What about the rest of your decorations? Stockings?
The rest of my theme is “reindeer and trees”. I have 4 bronze reindeer and a little bronze sleigh that goes on the entertainment center along with my burgundy feather trees. I also have some gold trees I got at the dollar store years ago for work that I need to figure out where to put in the house, maybe in the guest bathroom or something. My stockings are monster feet as you may remember, and this year I may use our old stockings for the dogs on the mantle.
I am still thinking about getting a giant inflatable Grinch for the front yard.