Tuesday, November 27, 2007

30 Ideas For December: Fantasy Tree

So what if it's not December yet? I've got ideas ready to spew forth and they don't want to be held back for a measly 3 days. Besides, these ideas are for December. And I like to have a bit of notice for most things, as I rarely read them on someones blablablablog and then immediately take action. Sometimes I like to prepare. Or let them stew.

Idea number 1 for December is (babaddahbaaa) the fantasy tree. This, of course, implies that you have already trimmed your tree and decked your halls with boughs of holly falalalala, lalalala. If not, then snap to it already! We've only got like 4 more weeks. Hurryhurryhurry fastfastfast.

This idea is all about tradition. When we were kids, my mom let us have our own tree (bless her heart). We always had at least 2 trees, and oftentimes more. Like the time when my sister and I begged and pleaded with our parents to let us have a Christmas tree in our bedroom and surprise! they obliged. Sadly, our clever plan to lure Santa into our room was foiled when he and his eight reindeer did not make a visit to our bedroom tree on Christmas Eve. But that is a left turn I did not mean to take. Let's get back on track. We always had at least 2 trees, and oftentimes more. There was the adult tree, laden with gilded ornaments and perfectly placed lights. Beautiful and show-stopping. Then there was the kids tree, with rainbow lights strewn haphazardly about, and more than its fair share of tuna fish tin can ornaments bowing its branches.

I like to continue that tradition today. With myself. I have no children. I have no need for 2 trees. But what I do have a need for is artistic expression (though I'm no artist to be sure). I've got a strange dichotomous relationship with myself. One part of me wants to be timeless and classic. Hence, one tree for the sensible and subdued ornaments I have. This one will last me years and years and I will always think it to be beautimous. Another part of me wants to be chic and unforgettable. Hence, one tree for pure fantasy. Whatever tickles your fancy this year. Or perhaps a few years. Something fun, unexpected, outrageous, that makes people stop and stare--not sure whether to laugh, cry, or truly appreciate. I believe Blueprint magazine hit the nail on the head with their cover this year. It is the perfect interpretation of what a fantasy tree should be. Yeah, I like pink trees, so what?

So put on your thinking caps, or fly by the seat of your pants. Go buy a crappy little tree and some oddball ornaments (think disco balls, or pink flamingos, or tons of tinsel) and decorate to your hearts delight.

6 comments:

caroline said...

who doesn't want a pink tree.
well, i don't think my husband would go for it.. but it sure is a cute idea..

Jen said...

We did this when I was a girl, too. Every year my parents would take us to Mervyn's and we got to pick out whatever TWO ornaments we wanted (mine were always some sort of glittery angel or ballerina with porcelain faces.) Then we'd go home and decorate "the kids" tree with those ornaments, plus our ornaments from years past. It was great and a tradition I want to start with my kiddies!

ali said...

A dichotomous relationship with yourself? Grant must have his hands full. :)

I forgot about the tree in our bedroom. Good memory....

lane said...

I loved the kids tree! It was fake and cheap, but, who cares? It was also Dad's tree, as I recall, who was in on the gig.

A couple years ago Livs and I made a "fantasy tree" we dubbed the "razzle dazzle" that was decorated entirely with "ornaments" from a $1 and less store called something awesome, like Duff's. Our goal was to spend less than $20, which we accomplished, and that tree was a hit.

love.boxes said...

I love the pink tree! I always do big Mexican Paper flowers on my tree and I just love how it turns out.

Kami said...

We got a pink tree for Avery this year. I am so excited to post pics of it. Fun fun fun!