Birthday Wishes - Christmas Tree- Memories...

Sparks Of Insanity By Vinny "Bond" Marini Monday, December 07, 2009

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO OUR FRIEND
DIANNE of "Forks Of The Moment"
Make sure you visit and send her wishes!



Bought and decorated our Christmas Tree this weekend. We both decided not to go hog wild on the outside. We would have had to replace most of the lights as we were in that half the strings have half their lights working situation.

So, we did the front entry and the two windows again only this year in multi-colored lights. It does surprise me how many people have left multi-colored lights for white lights. I do like the white, but it is nice to mix it up year to year.

The tree, well that got white lights again, but only because I wanted to do a snow tree. It has been too long since I had the opportunity to do one.

I know I spoke of this once before...but it was around the time I was 10 or 11 I guess. Mom and dad went on a cruise the week before the week before Christmas. The ship was the Ocenanic with an Italian crew.

It seems the ship was going to be in NY for the whole of Christmas week and the crew was going to be there without family. Mom and dad had gotten friendly with their stewards and ended up inviting these two gentlemen to our home for the holidays.

They did not speak a lot of English, but enough to get by. They did ask if, as a gift, could they decorate the tree for us. Whether they thought it strange or not, mom and dad agreed. Well these two men took a roll of cotton --- do you know it is quite possibly impossible to find cotton in rolls like they sold when I was a kid. I went to two drug stores and a grocery store and could not find any! --- where was I - OH yeah,

So they took a roll of cotton and turned the tree into something almost magical for us kids...the tree had snow all over it --- INSIDE our house!

Well, this is my interpretation. I used Eco-Snow. It is not a polyester fiber, but is am eco-friendly substitute...but you know what? It is still not cotton. It still does not shred like cotton does.

I like how the tree came out...more importantly, Nancy likes how the tree looks. I put on the lights, she put on the ornaments and then I added the snow.


From outside the window -






Please go visit TRAVIS at "Trav's Thoughts" for a really great post on the battle at Pearl harbor that occurred on this date in 1941.

Let us remember the damage done to our country's military and the lives lost and those forever changed by this attack:

4 battleships sunk,
4 battleships damaged including 1 run aground
2 destroyers sunk, 1 damaged
1 other ship sunk, 3 damaged
3 cruisers damaged

188 aircraft destroyed
155 aircraft damaged,
2,345 military killed
1,247 military wounded
57 civilians killed
35 civilians wounded

19 Of Your Sparks

  1. Mimi Lenox Says:
  2. That is one beautiful snow tree.
    Well done.

    I shall visit Trav now.

     
  3. Matt-Man Says:
  4. Nice lookin' tree. And as far as not going crazy decorating the outside? Less is often more. Cheers!!

     
  5. DrillerAA09 Says:
  6. The tree is great and the story behind it is what Christmas is all about.

     
  7. Micky-T Says:
  8. I like the tree too!
    I've always used rolls of cotton to caulk wood boats and keep them afloat. Looks really good on the tree.
    Well... you know those clever Italians ehh?

     
  9. Beautiful tree, and a great way to honor a Christmas memory.

     
  10. ...did they hang raviolis as ornaments?...

     
  11. Jay Says:
  12. Very cool tree Vinny. I've never seen a snow tree. I like the idea of it though.

    And inviting people who are far from home over for Christmas is a very nice thing to do. I bet they always remembered your family for that.

    Oh and 131 - 83. ;-)~

     
  13. WOW! That is awesome. I am going to do that with our tree this year. (Of course, I am sticking with the white lights, though, because I think they are "classy" lol).

     
  14. We switched from blue lights to multi-colored LEDs this year, both on the house and on the tree. It looks pretty; we'll probably do something different again next year, but I'll pulling for a giant blue horseshoe on the front yard (*grin*). Your tree looks beautiful. I especially love when you said, "...more importantly, Nancy likes how the tree looks." Spoken like a true newlywed. *grin*

    Yes, a day that will live in infamy. As a tribute, it's raining buckets here in the desert.

     
  15. Starrlight Says:
  16. Ok now I have MAJOR TREE ENVY.

    I highly recommend the Pearl Harbor memorial to one and all. It is about the only thing about Oahu I can recommend!

     
  17. Dianne Says:
  18. the tree is beautiful!! I love how warm and inviting it looks from outside

    thank you for the cake. it was delicious!!

     
  19. Great story ... and beautiful tree.

     
  20. Meribah Says:
  21. Ooo! Pretty! I like white lights too, but I prefer the colored ones. They are just so nice and festive! :)

     
  22. JohnH985 Says:
  23. That's a great looking tree.

     
  24. Ralph Says:
  25. Pearl Harbor showed the commitment of people, no questions asked. Fighting for your attacked homeland was selfless, the call to duty asked - and so well responded to...

    Your tree is a beauty, plenty of decorations without overpowering the fir. The snow accent is great - even as you are entrenched in the South, snow on an evergreen is nice. You have replicated the North very well!

     
  26. Ralph Says:
  27. Pearl Harbor showed the commitment of people, no questions asked. Fighting for your attacked homeland was selfless, the call to duty asked - and so well responded to...

    Your tree is a beauty, plenty of decorations without overpowering the fir. The snow accent is great - even as you are entrenched in the South, snow on an evergreen is nice. You have replicated the North very well!

     
  28. Tug Says:
  29. Very pretty tree, and I love that you mentioned Nancy liked it as well. ;-)

    Try a beauty supply store for the rolls of cotton - hairdressers use it all the time for perms & dye jobs.

     
  30. TopChamp Says:
  31. Your tree is BEAUTIFUL and I love it. My tree is also beautiful. I might take a photo too.

    I love xmas - and am feeling most festive as I sit with a glass of wine wrapping my gifts.

     
  32. twinnsmom Says:
  33. Your tree looks beautiful! I also have some memories, although less then you, of the "Espro" decorating the tree. I remember the panic face of mom when they took apart the tree and started adding the snow. She was nervous since she didn't know what they were doing. It was a beautiful though! Thanks for reminding me of the special times. Love and miss you. Wish we could be together for the holidays!

     

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