Lead Balloon

Decking the Luckey House
November 26, 2006, 3:37 am
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We had a great Thanksgiving, I hope that you and yours did as well.

I’ve never been shopping on the day after Thanksgiving…and I didn’t go this year, either. I did, however, make it to the beginning of the Garden Ridge sale which started on Thanksgiving, and will last, non-stop, until midnight on Sunday. After dinner and some Gray’s Anatomy action, my mother-in-law and I went to Garden Ridge and I came home with a Christmas tree and tons of decorations. Most of it was 50% off! When we arrived at the store, it was a zoo. Thousands of people were there, and I kept thinking to myself, “Why the hell am I doing this, again??” I found out today (Saturday) why it was a good idea to go that evening, as Todd and I went tonight for hooks for the ornaments (which they did not have) and saw what were, only two days ago, long aisles of color coordinated tree ornaments, now just picked over useless crap that no one wants on his or her tree. Unless he or she has bad taste. And wants a tree decorated like a casino. Literally – dice, cards and the such. Hey – to each his own. But I can’t get on board with that nonsense.

So this is our first Christmas in our new home, and I decided we needed a full-sized tree. In the apartment there wasn’t room for one, so we had a tiny, tasteful one. But this year I made a space in our living room for one and was just dreaming about all that it could be. But when we walked into that store on Thursday, I became instantly anxious. Not anxious in a good way. More like a sweaty and overwhelmed type of anxiety. There were so many “themes” to choose from, and nothing was sitting right with me. Red and green? Gold or silver? Shiny? Matte? Santas or candy canes? I perused for a little while and finally decided on a theme that really reflects who Todd and I are. We’re mono-chromatic. We’re a little earthy. We’re simple. We’re green.

So now we have a tree decorated with green ornaments. They’re a beautiful shade of green – some are a deep, dark sage green, and the others are a lighter shade of sage green. They really are beautiful – all matte and rich looking. Of course, you can’t see them on the tree very well, so we added a bunch of gold ornaments to kick it up a notch.

And birds.The tree is full of birds. Gold ones, green ones…there are four cardinals, the only splash of non-green and non-gold color. There are green butterfiles. And the really eye catching touches are the green and gold glittery snowflakes and the long plastic icicles with a hint of green that dangle all around and catch the light just right.

We really like our tree. It’s different. Non-traditional from a “Christmas tree” perspective, but actually pretty darned realistic if you think about it – given that birds live in trees. Though they don’t typically live in a tree with green and gold balls, something tells me that if they had a choice, they would.

Now, we just wait and see if Lily gets the urge to catch and eat any of those birds.

We also bought lights for the house, outside. I sat here at the desk the other day and watched out the window as the neighbors across the street decorated the outside of their house. It’s outrageous. White icicle lights from the roof. Multi-colored lights around the two garage doors and lining one side of the driveway and the sidewalk. A huge inflatable Santa. Rainbow lights on the tree trunk. One of those spiral-light-cone tree things in the yard area. And along the other side of the driveway and yard, loopty-loop red lights that run and twinkle really fast. It’s a regular Griswald family Christmas over there – I’d take a picture but it just wouldn’t do it justice because you wouldn’t be able to see the lights moving. It has a dizzying effect. Immediately, I felt challenged.

We bought lights for outside, but I’m not certain we got the right kind. Well, they’re white (clear) and not twinkly in any way, so I know they’re at least in the right category. We’ve got to work on that tomorrow. Lots of planning and strategizing ahead of us. Todd’s just excited because it’s an excuse to get on the roof.

Tomorrow is the last day of the long holiday weekend, I hope you get to spend it just the way you want to. And if you have nothing to do, come on over, we need some help showing up the neighbors in the outdoor decorating contest that doesn’t exist. That is, after all, what the holidays are all about, right?  🙂


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Your tree sounds so beautiful. You should take a picture of it so we can all see. We put up our tree and some other decorations today – I love it!

Comment by jessie

i took a picture…a few, actually. Will post them soon. HOwever, you really can’t see the green in the pictures… 😀

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