Monday, December 03, 2007

Oh Christmas stick, oh Christmas stick...


Doesn't quite have the same ring, does it? Too bad. It's what I've got. A Christmas stick. I was having angst over the cost (financial and environmental) of buying a big hunk o' plastic for the living room (not that I don't love Christmas trees, I just had this internal battle going on). So I got a stick instead. The deepest irony is that my stick is actually a secondhand stick. It was my mother's. She picked it up off the lawn at Easter (Germanic countries have this tradition of Easter trees too, using pussy-willow branches. She uses gumtree branches in the absence of budding willow in Australia). It's a really elegant stick, huh? It can only take the most lightweight of my decorations, so I've got to work out some way of displaying all my awesome papier-mache-handpainted baubles too. I'm thinking of stringing them from the curtain rod. I already have some felt garlands over the curtains though. Got a better solution?


And here is the wreath. It cost $3, and involved no purchase of plastic. The ribbon I 'borrowed' out of my mother's stash. That bizzarely naff gold sprig in the middle is there as a result of an in-joke between Badly Coloured Boy and myself. There was originally just the lovely minimalist ribbon. My mother is definitely of the more-is-more school of Christmas decorating (she wanted red tinsel wrapped round that wreath too), and when decorating her tree she whipped out that sprig (can you see the gold plastic pinecone? That's my favourite part) and suggested I add it to my wreath. Seeing the horror in my eyes BCB unleashed his inner bitch and chimed in with a "Yeah! Add that! It'd look much better with the sprig too!" knowing full well my mother regards his opinion as trumping mine. And I was the only one in the room that could tell he was doing it to irk me. Never mind, I can completely see the hilarity in the situation (I'd've done the same, I think), so the sprig stays as a reminder that BCB is a bi-atch. Ignore the creepy disembodied flyscreen. I had to photoshop out our house number.

10 comments:

Michelle said...

I like your Christmas Stick, very Martha. My friend has an even more minimalist view with a Festivus Pole.
Michelle
who does have the gigantic plastic monster in her living room with blinking LEDs etc.....just can't do the Martha thing with 2 young boys in the house and another coming tomorrow.

Alison said...

I was seduced by the feather christmas trees and wreaths (er, kinda like this, but they had black ones with peacock feathers in the Castro), until M pointed out that they'd look uber-stylish in pieces all over the floor when Kumi got to them. Hmm. Not sure I really do the decoration thing, but if I did, I think I'd either go a bonsai tree (use again, year after year!) or a stick. Nice stick.

Kick BCB on the ankle for me, the fiend. What next, he'll give you advice on colour coordinating your wardrobe?

Elin said...

Love the Christmas Stick. Maybe I should find myself a stick since I can't do a tree. I do have a rather fetching handmade gnome/elft made from Icelandic and Swedish wool and woolfelt that my mum gave me though. I was thinking he could watch over my presents until they get packed up in my suitcase...

spider_knit said...

I'm sure it's wrong somehow but..

I love my big high-quality plastic tree. We have mostly crystal and clear glass ornaments, plus the odd nice one that was for Jasi (like a hand painted jack-in-the-box).

All with a little drippy silver tinsel. And clear lights.

So pretty, not gaudy at all... everyone now...awwwwwww....

christina said...

I think it looks very sweet!

esmerelda said...

Like the Christmas Stick. I am another plastic fantastic planet destroyer, I'm afraid. It was the first thing I made Himself buy when we moved in together two Christmases ago.

Catherine said...

Aw, I like the Christmas Stick (Found you via Ravelry!). It's sort of like Charlie Brown's Christmas Tree!

KnitXcorE said...

the stick is adorable!!!!!!!!
kinda makes me think of charlie brown.

knitconvict said...

I'm stealing your idea. Just need to go stick hunting!

LittleMissMeshell said...

Oh that is hilarious, BCB really is quite evil.

And I love the Christmas Stick, it's gorgeous!

And hey, I think I went to the same Christmas school as your mum.