I came up with a solution to my insufficient-supply-of-Christmas-tree-ornaments problem. And it allows me to cross something off my 101 in 1001 list to boot!
That solution: chili peppers. When I was in Mexico for Christmas 2008, there was a Christmas tree that was decorated entirely with chili peppers. I love love loved that tree! So much so that I added “put up a Christmas tree and decorate it with chili peppers” on to my 101 in 1001 list. Which I then totally forgot about during Christmas 2009. But when I was shopping in the produce store today, I remembered! And so I bought a pack of chili peppers for $1.49 and put them all onto Christmas ornament hooks, like this:
And then hung them on my tree, like this:
I think they look pretty cute!
By special request, here are some photos of my Christmas tree!
I like that fact that it is skinny – most Christmas trees are much wider, but a skinny tree is a definite plus in a Vancouver-sized apartment! Notice that the star on the top touches the ceiling (and to even get the star onto the tree required bending down the top branch of the tree!) – I couldn’t have a taller tree if I tried!
I seem to have far fewer ornaments than I remember, which means either there is a box of ornaments around somewhere that I haven’t looked or they were an unintended causality of the Great Purge of ‘06. But I do want to share with you a few of my favs that were in the box of ornaments that I was able to find.
Baking with my mom and sister was a big part of my childhood, so this is probably my favourite ornament. It’s a gingerbread girl who is baking gingerbread cookies – so meta! – and I got her in 1988 from my parents.
This Garfield has sat on the branch of my Christmas trees for as far back as I can remember:
Like virtually every other biological sciences undergrad, I thought I was going to be an MD when I grew up – hence this ornament that my sister gave me in 1994:
Another gift from my sister was this Hop on Pop ornament, from the Dr. Seuss classic of the same name. I loved that book when I was a kid because it featured two kids (which I equated to my sister and me) and a daddy with a big belly (which I equated to my dad). I can’t remember what year my sis gave me this one, but it was recent!
Note that the photos don’t really do my tree justice- you’ll have to come over to see it to really have an appreciation for it!