Last night, as we do every year in the week after Thanksgiving, my uncle and his partner (husband, really, even though it’s not legal in Georgia) pulled out the boxes of Christmas decorations and set everything up for the top two floors of our house. Saad is Arabic so we have an interesting mix of decorations that include camels with Christmas-looking saddles and stuff. The camel on the fireplace mantle is named Jamal or something to that effect. It sounds odd but it looks good.
My uncle and his partner also do a themed Christmas tree every year and this year my mom came downstairs and announced, “They got sparkly mermen for the tree this year.” I didn’t believe her. Sparkly sea creatures for Christmas?
So we went upstairs (I live in the basement apartment which is separate from the house upstairs) and Saad already had all the ornaments out of their boxes and my mom had clipped all the price tags and put on some hooks. Lo and behold, there were the new sparkly sea creatures and oddly, they did look festive for Christmas. The tree they use in the living room is about eight feet tall (Saad in the picture is over six feet) and it’s kind of a retro white artificial tree. Me being a traditionalist, it’s not my style per se but they always put a lot of effort into it and it always ends up looking fab.
The cheap white wine flowed, although Saad and I did not partake, and we ended up playing the Latin Jazz music station on the DirectTV since we couldn’t find any Christmas music. I played with the dogs and my mom took these pictures on my BlackBerry while Ben and Saad hung all their sparkly sea creatures and my grandmother directed traffic. Ben occasionally looked at the tree and said in his sarcastic way, “It’s not gay enough!” Really, there was a doll ornament with a pink feathery skirt, Dorothy’s sparkly red slippers from The Wizard of Oz, a Marilyn Monroe figure, and of course the sparkly sea creatures, so as Ben joked, our tree has to be one of the top ten gayest trees in the city of Atlanta. It’s cool though! Our family may not be “traditional” but we spend time together as a family and there is nothing weird about it as some people might think.
Above the mantle, we hung a big silver sparkly wreath that looks like a pretty snowflake. Sometime soon, I’m getting a small (hopefully green) artificial tree down here in the basement apartment. My tree will be more on the Victorian side. I’ll probably do some of the things I wrote about in this blog with Victorian crafts but we’ll see how it goes. We are supposed to be having a big Christmas feast with about a dozen people and play games since most of our family friends are not living close to their families. A lot of them are foreign. More decorating will come before the big feast.
Here are some pictures of our sparkly Christmas tree.