Friday, December 12, 2008

the pagan tree


OK, so we don't celebrate Christmas at our house in the traditional sense. We are neither of us Christians. Neither Quinn nor Kitten seems to have expressed a religious preference.

So why do we have a tree covered with lights in the living room? Because I like it. And I like the lights. And for some odd reason I like the beads, too. Maybe it's my internal drag queen.


This last one is a picture of my favorite ball - the hand-painted one from Plum Island. It's on a little spinny motor that plugs into the lights.

I started assembling the tree this afternoon. It has a lot of damned lights. Somewhere between 3,000 and 4,000 in all. White lights, pink pride lights, colored lights. None of them blink. I have every outlet in a power strip filled with at least three stacking plugs. Many of the strings of lights on the tree are plugged in end-to-end, so there are more lights than I can tell by looking at the power strip. It actually throws off some warmth. I am sitting next to it and I can feel the heat.

I am headed to bed now. I've been at this whole tree thing for somewhere like 10 hours. I'm pooped. Enjoy the lights.



10 comments:

Robin said...

It looks beautiful, love the beads.

I've always wished I could have a Christmas tree too. Sadly it's just not done, even as a totally non-practicing Jew.

Queenie said...

Absolutely stunning, my dear! LOVE all the lights - and so appropriate as we near Solstice. Do you and L do anything special for a Solstice celebration? Thanks for the call yesterday. As you know, I've been a slump all week and friendly voices help....thanks.

Queenie said...

Absolutely stunning, my dear! LOVE all the lights - and so appropriate as we near Solstice. Do you and L do anything special for a Solstice celebration? Thanks for the call yesterday. As you know, I've been a slump all week and friendly voices help....thanks.

Kay said...

Hooray for pagan trees :)

It is beautiful!

laughingatchaos said...

I love your Pagan Tree! Beautiful with all those lights.
Hey, stay warm this weekend. I've been seeing news coverage of the ice storm up your way; that looks like all kinds of miserable. Stay in with the pets, hot coffee, and warm laughter.

A Spot of T said...

Whoa that is gorgeous!! The colors are amazing. I bet it's even more amazing in person. Super job. Now. Come do mine pleeeeease!

Bull said...

Very nice pagan tree! Much nicer than ours, which this year must be a small (~3' high), "hangable" tree (that we can still decorate) pinned to the wall, out of reach of toddler hands. Next year we can get back to the regular one.

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Snave said...

Pagans rock!!! Your tree is a true work of art! I hope ours looks half as inspiring!

Bets said...

Totally gorgeous. This makes me want pink lights on mine. I used to be an all-white-light snob, but the last couple years I have added some multi (primary colors.)

I do have a hot pink tinsel tree with lavender lights. It's small but, um...eyecatching.