Posted: December 20, 2012, 1:00 p.m. PST
My husband likes fake trees and I get bored easily. This is how we ended up with a fake, white Christmas tree. And ... I love it. It really emphasizes the ornaments. There is nothing like bright, shiny ornaments against a white Christmas tree.
I don't have a particular color theme to my tree decorations, nor do I use any garland. If asked, I would say that the tree is a reflection of little bits and pieces that I like.
A friend of mine was looking at my tree the other day and said, “I sense a theme.”
I looked at her, bewildered. I am not Martha Stewart and barely plan out my day, let alone plan a theme for the Christmas tree.
“Birds,” she said.
So I took a closer look at my tree. Sure enough, over the years I’ve collected quite a few wild bird or parrot ornaments, of which not all made this year’s tree. So I thought I’d take some pictures of my bird ornaments — some that I bought and others people have given me — that are currently on my tree. I also added a Jim Shore Christmas figurine of Santa. I bought the one with Santa holding the bird house. Go figure!
This year, I added two more bird ornaments to the tree. One is toucan, obviously enjoying the island life -- people style.
The other is a type of red bird. It doesn't seem to really reflect a particular genus or species. But it is pretty and I love the flashy tailfeather.
When I was ornament shopping this year -- and yes, I do take a moment to shop just for ornaments -- I did see this woman snatch the very last peacock ornament. She was very excited and telling the salesperson all about her ornament collection. I am not exactly sure what she type of ornaments she was collected. I swear the peacock ornament was 3 feet of tail, and I know it would have covered too much of my Christmas tree for me to even have considered. She must be one of those big Christmas tree people.
Now my parrots could care less about the tree, the ornaments or the lights. I am grateful for that, especially after hearing all the cat and Christmas tree horror stories from people at the office and the fans of Cat Fancy and CatChannel.com.
The dogs are fine with the tree. It's where the presents come in that there are issues. The dogs think that every wrapped package belongs to them and proceed to tear them up. So we hide the presents until Christmas Day.
The dogs do get a stocking filled with toys and chews. I tried filling stockings for the birds in the past. But the cockatiels looked alarmed at the new toys and the Pionus just looked bored. So instead they get a nutritious holiday feast, which they seemed to prefer. (Try these curried sweet potatoes!) I am happy as long as we all spend the holiday together. Click here for other Christmas tips.
Check out some more of my ornaments in this slideshow: