Thursday, December 25, 2008

Solstice Tree

Whatever you celebrate this month - enjoy the day, week or month. Personally I'm celebrating the return of the light and the longer days since the Winter Solstice. More sunlight! I decided to drag the old artificial X-mas tree out of the closet and set it up. This tree has been in the family since I was little - so standing next to it - and being as tall as it was a strange feeling. I can't remember when we last put it up. But the cat loves it. Since I have no idea where the family ornaments are, Ma-Le and I decided to take the pine cones, sea shells and apple snails that we have collected over the years and turn them into ornaments.
I strung the lights and Ma-Le spent an afternoon putting them all together. I think she did a fantastic job and we put all of these natural nick-knacks to good use. She simply placed the Apple Snail shells over the lights and they glow brilliantly. Ticonderoga approves and was nice enough to pose for a holiday photo for all of you. Happy Everything and I hope the happiness continues all through the New Year.


  1. I am holding all your ornaments hostage. You may bid on them at ebay. Bid often. Save on shipping! Currently dangling from my menorah.

  2. Larry & Rita KritcherDecember 26, 2008 at 6:54 PM

    Pete, a beautiful tree, a beautiful wife and a beautiful cat!
    Happy Holidays,

  3. Very beautiful, Pete and Ma-Le!

    Happy Solstice to you both

  4. Great pics! Happy holidays! Hope to see you soon!

  5. What a great tree - love the apple snails!

    Ho Ho Ho.

  6. What a great idea for ornaments. Our tree is filled with things the kids have made, and it's nice to have such personal things on the tree.

    And I love your cat's name!

  7. I can't believe the cat didn't rip anyones face off