Jonathan twisted my arm to insist that I at least make minimum decorating efforts to decorate my little house for the holidays. He knew that I had some vintage ceramic Christmas trees stored in plastic totes in the basement. Why not use a couple of them?
Originally, I was not in the holiday spirit because this has been a tipsy-turvy year. I simply wanted to send out a few greeting cards then wait for the Holiday Season to get over with. Well, what are pals for if not to help me see the error of my thinking? So, we stepped downstairs to select a couple of the trees. I discovered the tote that contained two of my favorites, then we schlepped upstairs to unpack the treaures.
We removed the trees from their bubble wrap then searched for the few colored “bulbs” that had dislodged from their mounting holes. I selected two small LED lightbulbs to insert in the trees’ light sockets in their bases. The two trees were where I wanted to display them. After an impromptu “lighting ceremony”, Jonathan grinned and said “mission accomplished”. The house is now “minimalistically” decorated.
The white 28 cm (11″) tall tree was manufactured in 1970 from a “Holland” mold. This tree was a pawn shop discovery. Here it is displayed near a floral centerpiece I created from vintage silk poinsettias and faux evergreen branches.
The green 41 cm (16″) tall ceramic tree was made in the 1980s from a late 1950s designed “Atlantic” mold. These are relatively common. This tree was given to me by a former room mate about 30-years ago.
The Blue Jay of Happiness quotes actress, comedienne, commentator, personality, and producer, Samantha Bee. “Christmas: It’s the only religious holiday that’s also a federal holiday. That way, Christians can go to their services, and everyone else can sit at home and reflect on the true meaning of the separation of church and state.”