Saturday, December 09, 2006

'tis the season

We have a tree! Well, we have a potted shrub that will eventually go in the front yard, but this is the closest thing to a Christmas tree that I'll ever get. Jay isn't so fond of Christmas for completely understandable reasons and most years I plunk dead branches in a bucket of sand and hang my ornaments off the bare twigs - it may sound awful, but really, it looked pretty great. Even so, the scent of pine and real greenery is by far my first choice. Sadie's eyes just lit up when I plugged the lights in last night (my brother's birthday is today, so my Mom always tried to have the tree up by now) and she has been describing each ornament and counting the cardboard stars ever since. I took photos of two of my favourite ornaments - the first is one that Jay made (there's a little bit of Christmas in him yet!) It's a rubber baby frozen in epoxy and when the light comes through the bubbles just glow. The second is a see-through scene with one little girl looking out a window from inside and then another little girl looking in from outside. My Mom gave it to me in 1984, and it's just so charming and sweet. It's the one I'm excited to see every year - and I have to say, it suits this whole "live" tree much better.

I just hope my neighbours can forgive me for digging a huge hole out in the front yard that will stay empty for at least another month. Oops.


elizabooth said... [Reply to comment]

I love it. We got our first tree (my first real tree ever and the first tree period of our five year marriage) last week and I love it. Ruby and I have been making pipe cleaner candy canes which she's been placing on the tree with the utmost care.

We had our annual Christmas open house today. I felt so sad that Toronto friends like you weren't here to share the Christmas cheer.

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

I just love your tree, looks like sadie does too. I can't believe that ornament was bought in 1984....

ragdoll said... [Reply to comment]

Oh that tree is so lovely. And I absolutely think the idea of planting it as a shrub is even more wonderful. Sadie looks so happy!

julia fc said... [Reply to comment]

What a lovely tree. I esp like the peeping girls. I broke all of my mother's extra special glass ornaments over the years, clumsy and over-excited as I always was to put them on the tree. It's almost comic. How she'd trust me anew every year and like clockwork . . .
Two years olds are best trusted with the epoxy ones.

petite gourmand said... [Reply to comment]

Nice "Chanukah bush"..
that's so great that you actually get to plant it when the holidays are over.
beautiful and environmentally friendly.
love it.