Friday, December 4, 2009

Our Wacky Christmas Tree

Today, I have a tree in my house.

After weeks of pretending like I didn’t hear my kids ask me to get out the Christmas decorations...I finally gave in.

Now, I didn't delay because I'm against Christmas, because I'm not. I LOVE Christmas! I just don’t think it should start so early.

I mean, over exposure to anything can eventually grow tiresome…even a good thing, like Christmas.

Take Christmas carols, for example. I love Christmas carols, but when they are played 24-7 for an entire month, by the time Christmas actually arrives, sometimes I want the bells to stop ringing.

So, each year I try to wait a little longer to unpack the boxes, loaded with ornaments, garland, wreaths and the snoring Santa (a legendary – and very annoying – Christmas fixture in the Boyle home).

My goal is usually to go Christmas-less until, at least, the first weekend of December. But, this year, with the pressure from my family building, and my oldest daughter going away on Saturday, I caved…two days early.

So, reluctantly, I headed down into the basement to dig out the tree and all its fixins’.

And what fixin’s they are!

Here are some of my favourite ornaments, that are presently hanging on the Boyle Christmas tree:
OHHHHHHH! Who lives in a Christmas tree down by the lake? Sponge Bob Square Pants! Yes, indeed, that it Sponge Bob...and he is singing about the birth of Jesus.
Yep. That's a pine cone. A real honest to goodness pine cone...with a red ribbon, at that. We've had it for years. I think it adds some "realism" to our fake tree.

This is a classic. Every parent has one of these on their tree. My daughter made this for us, back when she couldn't cut straight. This year, with where it's positioned, it looks like the angel has come to visit the baby Aliyah.

Speaking of babies. This was one of my first ornaments. If you look at the white ball on the hat, it says '78. I would have gotten that when I was five years old. It's been on my Christmas tree for 32 years!
Are those the three Wise Men? Nope. It's the three Beauty Queens. But Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Snow White do come bearing gifts: a glass slipper, a spinning wheel and a poison apple.

Our Christmas tree is often just another surface to pile things on. Those are scissors. I found at least eight pairs, scattered on various branches.

This one is brutal. It's a tiny song book, forever turned to O Holy Night. Now, I love that song - I sing it out at the top of lungs, with long holds, while driving - but this ornament is so old, I'm pretty sure it was handcrafted by the man who wrote the carol.

Who is this bearded man? Well...which biblical character do you think of when you hear the words "Christmas"? Yep. It's NOAH! Why do I have Noah on my tree? I really don't know.

But, I do know why I have a pink bunny on my tree. That's Ralphie, the kid from A Christmas Story...which is the best Christmas movie, ever!

None of these ornaments are noteworthy, in and of themselves. I just love how there are FIVE ornaments crammed on this single bottom branch. It was so full, they couldn't even hang the string of beads properly.

Our newest ornament. If a blue owl, with bloodshot eyes, doesn't scream "Christmas!", I don't know what does. Just so you's hanging at the back of the tree.

Here's another ornament I've had for years. It's a marionette reindeer...with no head. It's amazing what we hold on to.

Now, this one is very cool. It has the names of each member of our family written on one of the hearts. That's really sweet.


This next ornament is, by far, my favourite of all the things hanging on our entire tree...

Laverne and Shirley! It even sings their theme song!

Every Christmas eve, after singing "Silent Night" and "O Little Town of Bethlehem" our family belts out:

"One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight. Sclemeel, schlemazel, hasenfeffer incorporated. We're gonna do it!..."

Well, there you have it. Our Christmas tree is up...and as wacky as ever.

The Christmas season has officially commenced at the Boyle household.

So, on behalf of my family, Sponge Bob, Laverne, Ralphie, Noah and the pine cone, I say
Have a good one!


  1. Now THAT is a real Christmas prissy silver bows and perfectly coordinated ball ornaments. Good for you. Mine is the same and Margaret minces no words that her tree is nicer than my mismatched, colourful, garlanded, tinseled overstuffed tree. I like your tree, I like my tree. I like that my tree isn't up yet. (I do like the candles on Margarets tree - just for the record, and especially if she reads this!!!)

  2. We had a prissy silver bow once, but it didn't seem to go with our theme.

  3. I am waiting for that day...that I have a perfectly matching color coordinated tree...mine's been mismatched my whole life!!! Enough Already!!!!...ONE DAY!

  4. If it matches our living room, we'll need a new tree every year.


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