Thinking Christmas?

The Neighborhood Is Buzzing With Excitement …

Getting the Christmas lights up and all the associated decorations … I’m not aware that it’s an official neighborhood competition, but it does seem to be with some … 

I’m not part of that group … It’s not that I have anything against Christmas or Christmas lights … It’s just that I don’t necessarily like following what others are doing. When I’m ready and have the notion to do so, I’ll put up my Christmas lights and lawn decorations … Until then I’m not going to be all lit up …

Plus I Did Not Give The Neighbors The Satisfaction Of Taking Pictures And Giving Compliments

Just call me Scrooge … 

Quite a few years ago I wrote a post about making a Christmas tree using books. This was exciting!! You could use old books you had on hand or gather up some from a thrift shop or used book store. Just add lights and you have a very interesting conversation piece …

You could use whatever else you have handy … CDs or DVDs … Perhaps add those with hardcover and paperback books … Perhaps you do jigsaw puzzles and would like to have a stack of those along with other items to make your unique Christmas tree … I’m wondering about using Tarot Decks … That may prove to be interesting.

We have hobbies and collections of things that may lend themselves to a very original display in the shape of a tree … Weave in the Christmas lights and you have a homemade Christmas tree … 

This could be a fun family project … I wonder how favorite toys would work … Or collectables … You tree could have a very unique shape … This may make it more unique and an expression of your family … Make it yours …

It’s Always Fun To See An Idea — A Christmas Tree Made Out Of Books And Create One Of Your Own To Express Your Interests Or Those Of Your Family

Include them in your project and it will bring more meaning to the holiday season …

I love tradition, but I’m all into creativity and imagination. 

I was thinking about food containers, too — different boxes of favorite foods … tins, too … My goodness, you could use just about everything … On your next shopping trip for groceries, you may just be thinking about this post and the book tree …

Thanks for stopping by!

Sharon

Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas

 Your Christmas Tree is the focal point of your Christmas decorating. Here’s an image that gives you some basic pointers:

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For every foot of tree height, you need 100 lights, 9 feet of garland and 20 ornaments. I have a friend with a 7 foot Christmas tree. So that means 700 lights, 63 feet of garland and 140 ornaments.

I suppose that does work out as a rule of thumb. But you can add more or less of each to your taste. Maybe garland isn’t your thing, so you add more ornaments. 

It’s always fun to see how friends and family decorate their Christmas trees. Some people have more than one, depending upon the size of their house. When I had a two story house, I had a tree downstairs in the living room and one upstairs in the sitting room as my mother called it and I called it my loft. It was also interesting how I decorated them. The one in the living room was more traditional with some vintage ornaments from over the years. The one upstairs was a bit whimsical with all kinds of ornaments I picked up over the years with a particular flavor from pop culture. As I reflect on that and now have just one tree, a 4 to 5 foot tree, I go traditional and a bit whimsical and nostalgic. I go with what inspires me at the moment, not what would be a decorator’s suggestion.

I’m into pleasing me, not anyone else. From what I’ve seen, many have settled into that same mode while others are into impressing others. It’s all what one wants and feels they need to do. I enjoy hearing what every ornament means to a particular individual. It makes it much more personal and interesting than saying “My tree was designed by fancy pants decorator from fancy pants hoity toity location.” Basically, they had nothing to do with it and didn’t have time to bother with it. That’s not the message they were going for, but it was my take on it. Now, there were many who shared their vision and may have been saying to themselves, “I wish I could afford to do that.”

I was listening to a TED Talk the other day that focused on “why.” Well, that’s my take on it, it’s what I got out of it and started thinking about. Someone else may listen to it and get an entirely different message . . . but I digress . . .

“Why” gets into your feelings and core beliefs. In attaching it to tree decorating at Christmas I’m into the family traditions and the “me” element, reflecting my life. Anyone who knows me, can see in every ornament why I chose it . . . and they can relate to it, too. As I said earlier, I’m into pleasing myself. I’m living with this tree for several weeks and I want to walk past it or sit enjoying it with a smile on my face and with gladness in my heart. I can reflect on my life and those who had the most influence on me. I see it and feel it.

I also hope it reflects within TwoCansOnAString.com. I hadn’t really thought about it until now. I know when I first started the blog, it included a little bit of everything — which has now spun off into other niche websites. Although I like the other websites, this one is the one I love the most. It may have been my personal experiment into internet marketing . . . just trying it out . . . getting my feet wet. It’s not what my “marketing” friends would call a niche. I tried that after I moved the website to other hosting and lost my content, but it didn’t feel right . . . it didn’t ring true . . . it didn’t feel like “home.”  My “marketing” acquaintances may not “get it”, but my friends and family do . . . and new visitors who come and feel it. . . return to this eclectic blend that could only be called “Two Cans On A String.”

Halloween Decorating At Its Best

Here’s an outstanding video that will truly blow you away! It’s animatronics at its very best . . . and perhaps extreme. I love it and hope you do, too.

Here are some fun links to get you thinking about your own Halloween decore:

There are plenty more. Just click one of the pictures and you can explore other animatronics that may be just right for your home.

Thanks for stopping by!