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2014 Ornaments - Jingle Socks



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Coventry: 7

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This entry of my chapter-by-chapter trip through A Coventry Christmas by Becky Cochrane has the highest dosage of kismet of them all.

In chapter 7, the gang decorates the Christmas tree.

In fact, the opening line of the chapter is: "I don't like theme trees," Ivy was saying as Keelie limped into the parlor.

Why is this a moment of universal kismet?

Allow me to answer in the form of a photo:

Jingle Socks



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Chapter the Seventh (Or, Compromise is Key - Have Two Trees)

I loved the conversation about how Ivy's family had multiple trees. I don't think it's crazy to have more than one tree. I'm have more than one tree, and I'm not crazy.

Shut up.

Chapter 7 reminded me of growth - Keelie's conversation with her family, her friends, and what she learns about the history of Coventry - all of it has that sense of progress. Life can throw you pretty awful moments - broken ankles, say - but sometimes a group of friends and good family is there to remind you that you're doing okay. You're on a path. Things will improve.

Coveted Coventry Moments
  • Again, Sex Night. Ha!
  • The rightful dismissal of themed trees as secondary to nostalgia trees. Which I think was pretty obvious, and has nothing to do with projection on my part.
  • Everybody goes to Hooters for the wings.
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    And the Ornament of the Year is...

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    Every year, I don some gay apparel. Specifically, my Jingle Socks. The Jingle Socks go hand-in-hand with a tradition I've had since 1996 - decorating my Christmas Tree.

    I've had the tree since my first year flying solo. I bought the floor model, because I could only afford the floor model, and took it home only to realize I had no ornaments. So I decorated it with candy canes. A friend made me a cross-stitch ornament, with the year on the back and a wee message of love.

    And a tradition was born.

    Every year, I've added an ornament. Sometimes, they've been gifts. Sometimes, there have been years where multiple ornaments have appeared as people have learned of this tradition. But every year since 1996, there's been more to hang on the tree, and less room for "filler" ornaments like a set of white ornaments I bought in 1997, or more candy canes.

    This year? No filler. At all. Here's the tree:

    Nostalgia Tree 2011



    When my husband and I first met, I had my tree in my apartment, and his tree in his house - we decorated both, and I explained my tradition to him. He's always had a themed tree, and so when we moved in together we started putting up two trees. My "Nostalgia Tree" and his themed tree - though we've got four or five themes going on now.

    This year's themed tree is "Antique" - it's all in brasses, golds, creams and only a dash of red to warm it up a notch. It's beautiful. This year, we're hosting the Christmas party that my husband's friends do every year, and I love the tree as backdrop for the party.

    Here's the themed three:

    Themed Tree 2011



    And this year's ornament? A wee little house, with a happy snow-man. See, every year I buy an ornament that reminds me of the year in some way - and this year we paid off our mortgage.

    Christmas Ornament 2011



    That I have a whole tree I can decorate with good memories is something I hold very close to my heart at this time of year. Traditions should do that - make you happy, and remind you of the good in life.

    What traditions do you have?
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    At the Closing of the Year

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    Because Christmas and Boxing Day fell on Saturday and Sunday, everything that wasn't retail was shut down for four days - Monday and Tuesday became holidays as well. Canada Post being one of those closed things meant that packages and mail stopped.

    They're moving again, and there was a small flurry of packages. In one of said packages was what I might now call "the ornament that made me snivel and weep like a grown man shouldn't."

    I am lucky enough to have some beautiful art in my home, including a beautiful painting by beckycochrane titled "Orange." It is one of a series of pieces in her True Colors series. Click the link to go see the pieces and read about them.

    This lovely ornament - "Joy #7" - is a partner of "Orange" and was such a lovely (and snivel-inducing) surprise. The card was also snivel-inducing. I think I'm going to sleep a lot for the next three days, as apparently my retail Christmas fatigue was turned me into a twelve year old girl.

    Thank you.

    2010 Ornament IV

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    Santa versus Snowman

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    My mother has an affection for all things Santa. When my father was dying, he asked her to make sure she still decorated the house for Christmas. Since mrpolyonymous was with me, and my mother wasn't quite up to it, he and I did most of the decorating of the house that year. It took hours and hours - ceramic Santa was everywhere in that giant house, along with holly and mistletoe, wreaths, and many other decorations.

    During that day, my future husband asked me if I had a Santa fetish he didn't know about, and I said that I didn't - I preferred snowmen. I may have joked that my snowman collection was larger than my mother's Santa cult just to see some panic in his eyes, but the reality is, I only have a few snowman bonhommes and I hold myself back from becoming a crazy Holiday Hoarder.

    This is not to say that I've not grown my collection of various snowman themed items. I have the awesome Russian Dolls, my stocking is a Snowman, and a few other lovely statues that come out for the holiday.

    So imagine my squeal when I opened a package from dogrl that contained this:

    2010 Ornament III



    Eee! Thank you, Lisa! It's marvelous on the tree. Also: your dogs are amazing. That card rocked.
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    They're back...

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    Oh yes, they are.

    01 Jingle Socks!



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