Whew, I finally got the tree to work with me! We have an “easy” pre-lit tree that decided, this year, not to light. I got it set up and plugged in, and when I turned it on, only half the tree lit. So I spent the last two weeks replacing lights, to no avail. I finally just went out and bought some more strings of lights, and strung them on the tree over those dead ones! So now it’s all pretty and lit up and looking good, even if it probably does qualify as a “Redneck Tree”:
Ignore those wires at the top…. They lead to the candles in the upper windows. I haven’t figured out a way to disguise them.
Anyway, here are my favorite ornaments…
Josh made this one in school last year. The cool thing is, Steve’s parents have a similar one on their tree that he made when he was in kindergarten.
This one actually belongs to Josh. He got it when he was 3, from his Godmom Dina. When you pull or push one of the limbs it makes a silly sound – a bell, a doorbell, a little horn, “jingle bells”… it’s awfully cute, and one of Josh’s favorites, too.
Another of Josh’s. This was made for him by my nephew, James. It’s Bob the Tomato, from Veggie Tales.
The last one of Josh’s (his really are my favorites), this one was delivered over the course of four days last year, by our Elf-in-Residence, Twinkle. Twinkle shows up every year on Dec. 1, and stays with us until Christmas. He leaves a gift each night for Josh, before flying back to the North Pole to report to Santa about Josh’s behavior. Judging by the pile of toys in the corner, Josh apparently has a pretty good record.
These are my last two… I got them from my aunt lots of years ago. They’re pretty long – about six inches – but they’re just cool. Not sure why one of them is a corkscrew, but the other Santa’s beard reminds me of an icicle.
Merry Christmas, everybody!