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Some New Ornaments for my Christmas Tree

And speaking of blog postings I wrote a while ago, I apparently forgot to finish this posting, which I started last week!

I’m one of those people who have an eclectic set of ornaments for my tree. Rather than having a coordinated set of decorations that would make Martha Stewart proud, I have a tree full of ornaments that I have collected over the years… a tree full of happy Christmas memories, as it were. Each ornament has a story1. Like the gingerbread girl who has a tray full of freshly baked gingerbread cookies that I got in 1988 – a fact I only know because it says “1988” on her apron. My sister got an identical one and so I put a sticker on the bottom of my gingerbread girl’s cookie sheet because it was very important that I be able to distinguish which one was mine and which one was Nancy’s…. even though they were identical, so I really can’t fathom why it would matter whose was whose, but it was very important to us at the time. Or the Flying Spaghetti Monster ornament that I made with my very own hands – one for me and ones for a few special friends who I know love the FSM too. Or the mouse that was given to me by my first grade teacher, Mrs. Morley. Or the ones my niece made out of peanuts. This year, I decided to add a beautiful set of ornaments that have a special story too. I first heard about Tradeworks on my friend Paul’s blog. From the Tradeworks website:

We work with inner city women and at-risk youth with multiple barriers to employment. We provide training in life and employment skills, and hands-on work experience in the of trade carpentry. After finishing our program, our graduates are ready for steady gainful employment.

The intricately designed ornaments are handmade from BC blue-stained beetle kill pine wood. I bought the Twelve Days of Christmas set and they are absolutely gorgeous:

Having the set of 12 is really awesome, because it ties my whole eclectic tree together and because I know that I got to support a really cool organization too.

  1. Well, I do have a set of plain blue Christmas balls whose story is basically that I didn’t have enough ornaments to fill up my tree because I got divorced and my ex took his half of the ornaments and so I went to London Drugs to buy a Christmas tree and got this set of blue balls to fill up space. Tee hee – blue balls. []

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New Denizens For My Christmas Tree!

So, I appear to have survived the week from hell, during which I had to completed a long Econ assignment, an equally long Stats assignment, a three hour-Econ exam and a three-hour Stats exam1. After surviving said exams, my brain was pretty much mush last night, so I did what anyone in my situation would do – I declared it to be time to put up the Christmas tree! While drinking egg nog. With rum in it. Because one must drink rum in egg nog when putting up a Christmas tree. That’s a rule2.

My tree looks pretty much exactly like it did last year, so I’m not going to post photos of it – you can just look at this blog posting and the one from the previous year. But I do have a couple of additions to the tree to share. When we put up the tree last night, I discovered that Devon doesn’t have any Christmas tree ornaments3! I decided that this needed to be rectified posthaste, so I bought him these two:

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They are s’mores, where the marshmallows are also snowmen. Adorable, hilarious, and kind of making me hungry.

The other thing of awesomeness is that we have a fireplace with a mantle on which to hang the stockings!

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I still need to find froggy-sized stockings for my wee frogs though!

  1. I’m sure you are dying to hear about these exams, but I can’t tell you because I had to sign a non-disclosure agreement in order to write them, because two of my classmates are writing the exams in January as they had to be out of the country on the exam date. Either that or the profs were giving an early Christmas present to the partners and children of everyone in my class by forbidding us from talking about our exams! []
  2. Props to Dr. Dan, from whom this line was shamelessly stolen borrowed. Note: if you shamelessly steal borrow a line from Dr. Dan’s blog, you should write a footnote about it. That’s a rule. You should probably write that down. []
  3. Well, he does, but they are on his parents’ Christmas tree []