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Sunday, December 03, 2006

Answer: halls, trees, & ears

And the questions is: What are three things I'll be decking this jolly season.

J and I took care of decking the halls and one tree yesterday. Somehow we got ourselves volunteered to be the official tree-putter-uppers for the 4th floor. It's a festive tradition here at the condo — every floor has a tree, and every one is different. Makes for a few slow elevator days as people cruise from floor to floor to check out the competition. Here on 4, we have a spiffy new tree this year. Its predecessor was forced to retire after developing a truly disgusting aroma, reminiscent of extremely sour gym socks. Not exactly a holiday bouquet! The new tree is a six-foot faux spruce. It's all decked out in red and gold and sits flush against a big mirror that serves to double our sparkle-factor. So much sparkle, in fact, that I haven't been able to snap a decent photo of it. You'll just have to imagine it looking all shiny and lovely.

Our personal tree is much, much smaller. Sort of a pocket-tree if you will. At 18 inches, it's just big enough to hold my collection of hand-made decorations, gathered over a five-year period when we did an annual decoration exchange at the day job — everything from painted eggshells to origami to tiny scenes nestled in nutshells. It sits up high in one of Samcat's no-go zones. (At least, I hope it's still a no-go zone this year!)

Speaking of Sam, I just caught him trying to steal one of my Christmas earrings. Seems he's partial to green and red jingle-bells. I caught him mid-leap as he made his getaway with the ribbon clasped daintily in his teeth. I should have known better than to leave shiny pretties unguarded on the table.

Christmas earring collection

I've been collecting Christmas earrings for quite a few years now and always start 'decking my ears' on December 1st. This year I won't have to start repeating until the 14th...which gives me 10 more days to find another pair or two!

One of my co-workers has a collection of Christmas socks (not related to the aforementioned stinky Christmas tree). She wears a different pair every day, too. Some of them are even musical! Makes for entertaining moments around the coffee maker every morning as we do the daily show and tell.

What's your craziest Christmas or Hanukkah or Solstice or other winter tradition?


At 10:33 am, Blogger burekaboy — said...

lol, well all is fair game in the cat world. how could he resist shiny small dangly things?? mine rips open food packages and eats anything i have made. i have to hide EVERYTHING. varmint.

as i celebrate hannukah, the only pine in my house is usually pinesol. :-} (though i've always wanted a charlie brown christmas tree LOL.) craziest tradition....hmmm, will have to think on that one and get back to you. if pressed, i'd have to say it's probably sitting there rolling 44 candles from sheets of beeswax instead of being a normal person and buying them. the only thing you used to be able to get were these REALLY ugly crayola coloured ones. now, of course, there is a great variety.

happy earring hunting! any prize for the best "dressed" tree?? bet that would up the competition. hehe.

At 9:39 pm, Blogger Ostara said...

Hmmmm. Pinesol! I should've tried that on the old, stinky tree. ;-)

Is your cat's middle name 'Trouble' by any chance? LOL Sounds like he's a handful...but then, you do make some very interesting edibles!

At 12:32 am, Blogger burekaboy — said...

nawwww, he's really just a little prankster who enjoys eating anything he can get in his mouth. i should take it as a compliment, huh? lol.

for some reason, i love the smell of pinesol. green & clean ;p


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