It’s that time of year! For us folks who celebrate the Christian-holiday-with-pagan-roots, it means putting up the tree and making it all pretty and festive. Yay! Our family tradition is that it doesn’t go up until the day after Thanksgiving. I REFUSE to start with all that stuff before Thanksgiving is done. But before we can put up the tree, there is some cleaning involved.
I won’t show you the before Before. Because truly? Yeah. I wouldn’t want you to think less of me than you already do. So there’s that.
Now, the After
While Grandma was a traditional balls and tinsel tree person (and can I please say that “balls and tinsel” totally sounds like a euphemism?), I like to go for the eclectic look with my decorating. Just like everything else in life, really. So what’s on my tree?
Well of course there are Star Wars ornaments. I don’t buy EVERY ornament that comes out, but I have a fair amount.
We also use ornaments to mark special occasions and travel.
I also have some historical ornaments. One of my favorites is from when I lived in D.C. as an intern. It was in ’89, and there were a lot of bicentennial celebrations going on for things like first session of Congress, first presidential inauguration, first Supreme Court session, Bill of Rights, etc. The bicentennial commission issued some special ornaments for those occasions, and I managed to snag the Supreme Court, Congress, and Inauguration ornaments while I was out there. I keep trying to find any of the other ornaments, but for once GTSing* hasn’t been successful.
And some handmade ornaments from my childhood.
And now, we add to the tree this fab-o ornament from ANOTHER Tree. Dollar Tree!
I will admit that initially, we had some problems. It had one of those things where you had to pull the little paper out of the bird’s ass so the batteries would connect and start working. They didn’t work right away. I had to basically violate the bird by shoving the paper in and out of the little hole until it started working.
Once it started working, it REALLY worked. Now, we really don’t walk by the tree that often because it’s away in a corner (Nobody puts Christmas Tree in a corner!) but the motion sensor does go off when we turn off the lights, so that’s cool. But what we didn’t realize until Jason was watching the Vikings game was that it’s not only motion sensored, it’s SOUND SENSORED! Whenever he would clap, or laugh hard, or cuss at the defense, Chirpy here would start singing. It’s kind of awesome. Added bonus: it drives the dog bonkers. She keeps trying to go over by the tree and figure out where the noise is coming from. And if she barks? Chirpy replies. And the cycle continues.
So after the epic fail that was the swimming goggles, we now have a clear win in the Dollar Tree column. Totally give this product an A+ for the bonus features. Who would ever have guessed that a motion sensor would be so sensitive that loud noises could make it work? I would give it an A++, but the chirping isn’t really consistent with the sounds a cardinal actually makes, so I subtract the + for lack of authenticity. I tried to get a video to post of the chirping, but it didn’t turn out well. Primarily because my phone sucks. We’re hoping to rectify that sooner rather than later, but in the meantime you just have to deal with less than stellar photos and complete lack of decent video. Keep on dreaming, my Zillas. One day, I will post quality pics and videos.
And just because I love being random, I share with you my best idea ever. Target has a woodland themed ornament set this year, and guess what animal fits in with a woodland theme?
Swear to god, I really really want to buy a bunch of these and just have my own little What Does the Fox Say? tree. My only concern is in a year, will anyone still get it? Do I really care? I may have to do it anyway.
*GTS= Google That Shit. It’s an official term I use with my students. I think I should trademark it.