Monday, December 1, 2008

Ruby Tuesday - Holiday Countdown


They say "Since 'tis the season". Kinda early, of course. That said, this week's Ruby Tuesday post is my vision of the holiday that falls on the twenty-fifth of this month. In my sometimes skewed vision, I offer last year's tree, a slanted view. As usual, symmetrical wheelchair photography is not my
forté. But that does not stop me from chancing the shot. If you i
gnore the 20° slope and reorient your eyes to the subject, you will see that it is a tree, decorated for the aforementioned holiday. No, it is not real, the 'trunk' is steel tubing, the 'branches' are steel wire, and the 'needles' are polypropylene. But the affection of four people decorating the tree together makes for a perfect tree every time. I can even participate from the 'chair, but don't make me place that pointy ornament on top of the tree...It is slightly out of reach. Visit Mary's place for rubies galore.


29 comments:

Leora said...

A colorful tilted beauty!

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Decorating the tree is such a lovely custom in many homes. I LOVE to hear that a family does it together.

Queen-Size funny bone said...

which ever way it leans its still christmas..ery nice.

Felisol said...

Ralph, you are my kind of guy.
I love thee way you pass all the obstacles on your way.
Just would like how many times the tree falls over until it's ready decorated.
Ours often falls, though we should have learned for experience.
Now I just read the other day that the American glass balls are thicker and don't break that easy.
I've just had to boy fifteen Bavarian handmade glass balls. Wonder how long they will last?
From Felisol

Paz said...

Your Christmas tree looks beautiful! I've never had a real Christmas tree before.

Paz

Dora said...

Uhh! A nice Christmas tree. Ho ho ho. The day is coming soon... :)

Gmj said...

Oh, this is great. I know the slant well of decorating the tree. Not by chair but by eggnog. :)

~Just Me Miranda~ said...

A gorgeous tree!!!

MyMaracas said...

Pretty tree! The angle is appropriate too; the whole season has everyone a bit off-kilter, in a good way.

People with Cameras said...

Awww...very festive!

Carletta said...

It's gorgeous Ralph!
The most important thing is just as you said - "But the affection of four people decorating the tree together makes for a perfect tree every time" - very well said!

rambling woods said...

There is something about decorating the tree isn't there...Lovely tradition..

Tink *~*~* said...

Love that ruby glow! :D

Tink *~*~*

ilanadavita said...

What a lot of colors!

Robin said...

I love you way you remind us that it is the love and affection of the people involved that make a perfect holiday, not the slant of the tree.

napaboaniya said...

This is a twinkling reminder to get my Xmas tree up ASAP! :P

Mojo said...

You know, my first thought was "This looks just like my den... only backwards."

Remarkable.

Neat effect with the "stratified" lighting colors. Must have taken some time to figure that one out!

DrillerAA said...

Well done Ralph. The tree is wonderful.

Julie said...

Christmas trees are always beautiful when there is a team effort in decorating it!

Linda said...

You said it very well, "the affection of four people decorating the tree makes for a perfect tree".

Dianne said...

we had a huge real tree one year that kinda stood like that ;)

it is a lovely tree Ralph

do the cats leave it alone?

Siren tortures our tree

Catherine said...

Great job Ralph's family! That's a collective success.
Glad to see that, even with big children, you kept the tradition alive.
From a touch of red decoration, you brought us to a family spirit.
Well done!
Except for this little decoration laid down on the floor. You get a cat, don't you? ; )

Bond said...

wait? the picture is tilted? i didn't notice until you pointed it out..

where the heck did I put down the eggnog...?

Raven said...

I like it. You can see that it was decorated with love.

Ivanhoe said...

I love your tree! I always preferred a live tree over the fake one. There will be no tree in my house this year though, I'm afraid the dog would take it down & break the ornaments :o(

Kay said...

It is a lovely tree… bright and glowing and that is really all that matters.

I like your birthday meme, I might need to steal it….

Jim said...

Hi Ralph, that tree has a lot of balls and lights, very pretty (even if it is skewed, as long as it doesn't "tip over").
Mrs. Jim's tree is metal trunked also, I had to engineer it for her to get it all together. I suppose it is due a post before Christmas. :-)
Happy Ruby Tuesday! I'm finally up and running on my JIM'S LITTLE BLOG tonight (late).
..

Pia K said...

Some years during my childhood we did have a Xmas tree indoors, as an adult I've never had one. Mainly due to to my status as a cat owner...:) I love my sugarcone tree with lights in the garden instead. The story you tell and the artistic photo angle of the pretty tree makes me kind of wish I did have one indoors though.

maryt/theteach said...

I love your tree for Ruby Tuesday, Ralph! Now I just have to see your 2008 tree! Slanted or not! :)