Date: 14 December 2013. Christmas Aboard 2013.
This is my fifth
Seaweed, and it is still more fun each passing year. The decorations are
up, almost all the
sent, and life is indeed good afloat. Of
course over the years I've made a few mistakes especially regarding my
tree which has crashed spectacularly, twice. If nothing else, sometimes I
require lessons more than one time. Glue is a wonderful thing, don't 'cha
The thing is, like all women first the tree goes up, then I arrange the
branches so it looks a bit like a tree. This artificial tree is at least
30 years old. She's a little two footer, and although it fits well next to
my spare wind generator blades it does get squished for most of the year.
After the tree is plumped up then lights are strung followed by the
THEN, a very
important event occurs:
Yes, the critical event is taping securely a candle-stick
holder also known as the tree stand to my dinette. Years ago (back in my
dirt dweller days) I would simply
drill a hole in a chunk of wood and call it
good. Aboard a boat however we are concerned with weight and a chunk of wood
serving no purpose other than holding a tree upright would not be
considered wise. Thus the candlestick holder aka tree stand was chosen. Plus
I think it looks pretty.
As you can tell, my tree has an eclectic group of
not-really-ornaments displayed. The tree is more a jaunt down Memory Lane
versus your more standard Christmas balls, bells and such. I like it and
it's fun to share a bit about the various items with friends and visitors
|When travel to
Havana was opened in 1975, a trip to there netted a small bottle
of Cuban Rum. Later the lid found its way to my tree.
||The worry doll
was made by ladies for me in Guatemala back in the 60's. You give your worries to the doll and she will take the burden.
||Yes, I'm a
confirmed Trekkie, though alas, this year my Voyager ornament
did not light up. Still, it is hanging from the branches near a
I have a long garland with bells strung in my pilothouse
When the boat rocks or the wind blows they make a pretty sound.
Remember when we all had these carolers? The girl has a bell. They came
from our boat and are a few decades old. The lighthouse has a red and
green light at the top with Mickey in a sleigh and the gang riding
reindeer. It was a $2 find at a yard sale this year and will be passed
along to my daughter for her home.
Of course any gal worth her sea-salt has a tugboat. It was from Lowe's
Hardware a few years back and lights up with three AAA batteries. The
little rowboat in front of the whale is one I gave to my grandma in the
60's. When she passed it was given back to me. Wasn't that nice that she
had notes under all the curios in her cabinet so we could all have a
Back in 1993 I found Santa's Workshop at a Kmart and loved
it. If you look carefully on the wall behind Santa's desk you'll see a
reindeer head mounted. I guess that's what happens when they start to slow
Anyway, the tree is filled with memories -- not so much "ornaments" per
se, but bits and pieces of life. Each year I allow myself the privilege of
finding a single ornament -- price is no object, just something that
pleases me. Some years I find nothing, and others maybe one or two. It's
an indulgence that gives me pleasure and really, just because it isn't an
ornament-ornament, doesn't mean it isn't nifty.
Wishing your holiday season is
filled with joy and happiness, and lots of pretty decorations!
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I wonder if any of you have a tree with some
not-quite-really-ornaments like mine?
Where are you spending the holidays? (at home, or on the road visiting?)
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