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Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Ornaments

Yesterday I put up our Christmas Tree, which I have shown before. (I'll feature the post for ease of referral). That post will explain the tree, but for those who want a quick look at how 2021's version came out, here it is:


As explained in the featured post, the ornaments are all fruits (fake) with the citrus varieties having been made into pomanders with real cloves. It was a lot of work to make all of these the first time we did this look, and now I am grateful that all I have to do is hang them.



People find our tree unusual when compared to the traditional glass ball and metallic garland styles, but while people in the Federal Period did not have trees at all, they did decorate for Christmas with pomanders, and sprays of dried bay leaves. All we did was take a style prevalent at the time and apply it to the concept of a tree......which would hit America a few decades later.

Having something unusual on a tree is not unusual for us. Years ago Rosa and I used to do a Zombie Christmas Tree which had collectible, action-figure zombies hung as ornaments.

But everyone is different.................which leads to my question to all of you: what do you have hanging from YOUR tree?









15 comments:

  1. Excellent job KD , and what a wonderful traditional look you have achieved.
    I must admit my role is hauling our artificial tree out of storage and putting it up. After that my wife takes over as she likes to change the 'look' from year to year , although we still have some ornaments that are decades old and bring back memories so they deserve a place even though they may not fit in.
    I would prefer those ladies to be under the tree rather than hanging from it, although gravity does seem to make a difference!
    If I could find a hairbrush or spanking oriented ornament I would be tempted to hang it to see if anyone notices...

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    1. Thanks, Glen. It's different but we like it. ;-)

      I'd bet you could do a wooden spoon and it would be considered folksy and still have a double meaning to your and your wife?

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  2. I don't have a tree, as I am usually away for Christmas. Doesn't look like that is going to happen this year again. Ugh, two years running

    Prefectdt

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    1. Well if you're usually not home, that makes sense. Things do seem to be different for a lot of us now, just in different ways I suppose.

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  3. Very pretty!
    John and I don't do a tree; we have a Festivus pole. At the top is a crocheted duck in a Santa hat that we have christened the Festiduck, and there is even a red tree skirt and pine cones.

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    1. Thank you. A pole, eh. That sounds like easy maintenance to me. I don't think it would work in a Federal Period room though.....unless perhaps it was brass, but even then I don't think it would fit.

      I am not a Seinfeld fan nor have I seen the episode, (in fact I think I've only ever seen the soup Nazi episode in its entirety) but researching it definitely provided a chuckle since the idea behind it was presumably a poke at Christmas commercialism and yet, on the same page that came up in the search, Festivus Poles are now something people can buy on Amazon or at Walmart. Americans love to mock commercialism but would be lost without it, I think. I am assuming yours is something homemade you scrounged from your home, or are you guilty of buying one? I'm curious.

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    2. Haha -- John found a length of pipe and somehow rigged up a wooden stand at the bottom. I then wrapped the pole with holiday paper to make it look more festive. I wish I could post a picture here. It's quite crude, but it's got its charm.

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    3. There ya go! True Festivus spirit (from what I read at least). Good job.

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  4. it's a lovely tree! altho i'm no big fan of cloves. Is the scent still noticeable after time has passed?

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    1. Thanks. Only up close. It fades over time. But, I do like the scent. In American Colonial times the making of pomanders with fresh citrus fruits, cloves, and ribbons was quite the fashionable thing to give those musty wood houses, filled with infrequently-bathed people, a more pleasant scent.

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    2. well, i mean compared with infrequent-bathers, definitely! Even I would prefer the smell of cloves to THAT. LOL. Interesting bit of trivia. THanks.

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  5. What a lovely tree. We have all sorts hanging on our tree, Lots of old fruit like ornaments we've had for years, some that our son made when he was small and now we will have some new ones that our Granddaughter has chosen.

    On a different note if I may. I read a comment from yourself on Hermione's blog re snakes. I'd love to hear more please.

    Love,
    Ronnie
    xx

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    1. Thank you.

      I think most people, and even myself in my 'past life', have an amalgamation-type tree. Sometimes I miss that.

      Just for you, I changed my "Featured Post" to one that will answer all of your snake questions. If you visit here in web view, the featured post is in the right margin.

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  6. We have blue lights - my favourite - and a long strand of silver beads. Then we have coloured glass ball, dog nd music-themed ornaments.

    Hugs,
    Hermione

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    1. I remember as a kid my parents and grandparents had the same tree but my parents covered it in multi-colored lights whereas my grandparents had theirs in a mix of blue and green. I never asked why but always wondered about that. Your mention of blue lights made me remember that. Thanks.

      Your tree sounds very unique-to-you. I like that.

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