Monday, December 13, 2010

Star Light, Star Bright

I don't know if you know this about our house or not, but our house? It's where Tacky hangs out for the Christmas season. Our tree is not pretty, our decorations not coordinated, and there is no rhyme or reason to my wrapping paper. Even the lights are multi-colored and unevenly dispersed.

But I did have four very eager volunteers to help decorate the Tree of Misfortune this year.
I always wonder what Emerson is thinking as we do things like disperse ornaments on a fake tree indoors while listening to the Glee cast Christmas Album in 78 degree weather. And this picture of her in the monkey hat wearing a backpack? I have to remind myself that she and Aidan are not biologically related.

Our ornaments come from many places.

Three-year old Mandy's preschool class is responsible for the popsicle stick Star of David.
I would like to take a moment to recognize Elmer's school glue for holding these popsicle sticks together for the better part of 30 years.

Kohl's Black Friday sale graciously provided the "Harper-don't-eat-it-it's-not-a-real-cookie" initial ornaments.

The overpriced kiosk at the mall supplied the personalized pea-pod ornament. Personalized ornaments are slim-pickins' when there's six people in the family.

Nothing says Christmas to me like cartoon-faced peas wearing Santa hats.

And the star atop our Tree of Fabulousness? This multi-colored LED number, that I am pretending Brandon did not pick up from the Dollar Store, which is where the Tacky Family goes for last minute Christmas-decorating related emergency supplies.

Some things are so wrong, they're right. Not this. This is just WRONG on so many levels.

Pictures do not do it's glowing incandescence justice. Do you SEE the reflection on the ceiling? The star atop the Christmas tree should not glow brighter than actual stars. Someone please tell my sweet husband that.

The ornaments lasted an entire day on the lower half of the tree, or the length of time that it took Harper to break four of them. Now the ornaments adorn the top half of the tree, and I have a box full that were ungraciously stripped of their positions by a certain destructive princess.

We also graced the kids' rooms with Christmas trees this year. The boys have had their tree for a couple of years, and it ends up with a few overflow ornaments, and a few that they have made.

I picked up the girls' tree last year after Christmas.

If you had told me three years ago that I would have a pink sparkly tree in my house, and two little girls saying "night night twee" before bed every evening, I would have told you that you got the wrong Mommy. Clearly, I was a "boy mom" not a "girl mom", and if I ever did have a daughter, she would have to quickly learn to love trucks and soccer balls, because I just didn't "do" pink and sparkly.

All evidence to the contrary. :)

Hope you're gearing up for a wonderful Christmas season. We are enjoying every minute of it, making memories with the four best gifts God could ever give us!


Brand al Thor said...

That star is AMAZING!!! You know a star is great when it costs $10 at the Dollar Star...that is the definition of Christmas Tree star greatness.

John said...

LCS continues to deliver... the boy came home with a tongue depressor snow flake last week.

Anonymous said...

Brandon... Please tell me that the Star of David is on the back of the tree now.... Not in the prominent "Mickey Mantle spot" where it is in the picture...
Our tree looks like something Martha Stewart would have, especially now that there are no underwear on it..

Catherine said...

Our tree is similar - we have ornaments that Wes and I made as kids and ones that were special to us growing up. We are giving the kids their own special ornament each year too so there is no "theme" other than memories - I like it that way.

Jessica said...

Love the tacky star. I think that's how they should be on the family tree :)

Holly @ Roller Coaster Life said...

So your house is quirky and not perfect too?? Good I am not the only one!

I love how the initials in your post spell out "Head" haha =)

And your tree looks exactly like my toddler tree very TOP heavy!

Lisa said...

Your house looks like so much fun!!!!

Adrienne said...

There's a reason your tree's star is so bright, Mandy: it is actually THE Star of Bethlehem that led the Magi to Baby Jesus!

Brand al Thor said...

Pappy (a.k.a. Anonymous), I keep moving the star of David...and it keeps coming right back out to the front. One of these years it is going to have itself a terrible "accident" (I can probably blame Harper).

Ade - lol.

Abby said...

Colin and I are crying we are laughing so hard. Our Christmas tree looks like yours minus the star...Colin is ready to go out and buy the $10 star to top off our tree. I wonder if the mall kiosk makes pea pods with 7 people in them? :D

Jana said...

Tacky??? I have like 6 of those same ornaments!!! The Sock Monkey is one of our classier ones. That is one fine tree:)