Friday, 30 November 2007

Christmas Trees and Angels Gone Awry...

Every time Berry successfully hung an ornament on a branch, she did a special jumping dance with her arms in the air and sang "I did it!" (which actually comes out as "Uh dii-it", but we know what she means).

We lost two ornaments to her enthusiasm, but undiluted joy is worth some broken wings, no?

The lone low-point of the night came when Nathan tried to get Berry to help him put the "angel" on top of the tree. His family has been using this thing as a tree-topper since he was a kid, and I call it the Feral-Rabbit-Angel. If that doesn't give you a clue as to its unloveliness, let me elaborate: it's a ceramic hare with a rather leery, disturbing face, dressed in long white and red velvet angel robes. It's all wrong.

Berry took one look at it and her face crumpled. She did no-no-no hands and came running to me and clung to my neck for a long time, sobbing. It was very sad.

If I can climb up on a chair (that is an "if", these days) I'll try to get a photo of it up there. You'll see what I mean.


  1. Well maybe it's time to create a new tradition for the top of that tree, for the sake of Berry of course. Sounds like she might be traumatized by whatever feral bunny you have now!

    Better get a nice angel or sparkly star before the hare does permanent damage!

  2. oh poor berry! and poor nathan! lol

    the tree looks lovely - not sure whether mine will survive with my one year old wandering around but i'm tempted to put it up anyway (maybe with less ornaments?)

  3. Ok, I have GOT to see the ferel rabbit!! Hire your neighbor's kid to climb that chair if you have to...I'm dying to see it!

    My family has a very old tree ornament my older brother made as a kindergartener. It's suppose to be a tree but it looks like a green blob with a brown blob growth on it's underside. It's hideous...and our favorite!

  4. The photos of toddler ornament hanging are most prosh. I think I might die from the cuteness now.

  5. Hi there...I found your blog through Etsy. I want to see the ferel rabbit! We don't have a tree topper because I've never come across one that I like. But looking at great awful ones is fun!

  6. Some traditions are't pretty, I guess. Maybe you could get a new treetopper, and use the feral angel bunny somewhere else in the house, like behind a lot of evergreen garland or something :D

  7. Awww what great memories. I remember those times when my son was little.

  8. Oh, I posted comment, but I don't think it went through.

    Some traditions aren't pretty, I guess. I agree, that I just have to see this thing.

    Maybe you could get a new topper, and hide this feral angel bunny beind a lot of garland somewhere else in the house? :D

  9. awww, thats so sweet and your tree is beautiful. I have 2 grandsons and they wanted to do their tree at the beginning of November, they just couldn't wait and now they can't wait for those presents that they know will be put under that tree... :)

  10. How completely PRECIOUS!!!!!!! That little girl by the christmas tree brought a tear to my eye. God bless!

  11. I saw your blog through an Etsy forum!
    Oh, how sweet those holiday decorating pics are!