Monday, December 14, 2009

Oh Christmas Tree...

Sure, there are more elaborate holiday decorations around town, but this little tree trunk on Mission is just so earnest in its festive spirit -- even with the unswept leaves below and all those burned-out bulbs -- that I thought it deserved a place of honor here. (Charlie Brown would understand.)

13 comments:

Judy Williams said...

There is just something about holiday lights. Simple or elaborate, they evoke a certain sense of awe and delight. With your image title, I can't help but remember the countless Christmas mornings when Dad in his typical off-key fashion, would belt out O Tannenbaum

Thanks for the warm and fuzzy reminder.

Dixie Jane said...

I love your lit tree trunk. I don't think I have ever seen one. Tree trunks are neglected. And I enjoyed Charlie Brown's Christmas and Judy's, "O Tannenbaum". Thanks girls for the nostalgia.

Yakpate said...

Talk about nostalgia... these are the fat, old-time bulbs that glowed in our tree through halos of glass "angel hair."

As a child, I sat looking at their glow and inhaling the fragrance of the tree, and understood without any explanation the magic of Christmas.

Lovely, evocative shot, LA.

Shanna said...

I love this photo with its curved bands of glowing color! It is fun to enlage it too and really see the glow.

Virginia said...

Oh I love it too! I"ve just spent a morning wrestling with the "Pre lit" tree I bought last year to reduce my holiday stress. This year??? Two sections OUT! GRrrrr,
the stress is back. I need me a tree trunk and some of those great fat lights!
V

Trish said...

"oh lit stick, oh lit stick, how lovely are your...uhm, lights (the ones that ARE lit)."

It could be a Hanukkah stick, Kwanzaa stick, pagan stick or even xmas.

I love the "old time" lights, tho the new ones I've seen that are REALLY bright (LED I think) are drawing me in too.

Am happy to see the joy and decoration of this stick (am assuming it's a tree, since you've said so..but it could be almost anything wrapped in lights). A little joy, a lot of light...am happy to see it..it does give me a little link to the economy---no huge tree, not laden with ornaments or presents, just lights, mostly on, bringing happiness.

Mister Earl said...

Nice lights! Christmas memories for me are hours spent at Johnny Weidemeyer's house, which smelled of evergreen branches and smoke from his American Flyer train. Nothing like those to smells to remind me of Christmas holidays.

I knew of two brothers named Tannenbaum. One was a United States Tax Court Judge. The other was a rabbi.

dbdubya said...

Trish - it could also be a Festivus Stick. Only the old style, fat, multi-colored bulbs work. The first year the icicle lights that hang from the eves were out they were kind of novel. Now they are everywhere and you don't see as many of the traditional, multi-colored fat ones.

Kaori said...

Oh this tree just tickles me! Great decoration ;D

Double "D" said...

Laurie, you do have a way with color. Awesome.

Dixie Jane said...

As Shanna said, "Do enlarge it. Fabulous!" O Tannenbaum, O Tannebaum, don't need the lovely branches.......

Laurie said...

Hey all,

Festivus! I think this really must be a Festivus Stick.

Thanks for all of the lovely comments, everybody. I just love those old-school lights, too. Til next time...

TheChieftess said...

Guess we must be old (old school???) We have those fat multi colored lights on our house, and on our tree!!! I tried the mini lights a few times...one light went out and the whole tree went dark...back to the wonderful, replaceable, fat lights...but where oh where are the bubble lights???