Friday, December 17, 2010

Oh, Christmas Tree

I made this ornament many years ago from a photo I took at a Geoffrey Beene exhibition uptown. (Click on photos to enlarge.)

This week TD and I got our Christmas tree up and decorated which is always a creative project. You know already that we have been getting our Christmas tree from Billy Romp on Jane Street for twenty-three years. Billy comes from Vermont and lives in his truck for a month selling Christmas trees, and he wrote a successful book about it, Christmas on Jane Street.
When we went to get our tree the moon was shining over the scene.

We caught up on events of the past year with Billy, shown here between us.

We picked out a frasier fir and Billy delivered it to our apartment himself. He said he only does that for a couple of customers. After sitting down for a glass of wine he was off into the night, and then it was on to a weightier business: decorating.
First the lights, which are a serious affair; lights must be properly placed.

Out from under the bed came the two big boxes in which we store ornaments – including antiques and ones we've made.

We put on the ornaments and adjusted them and spun the tree a little too to get it to the right position.

When the tree is done it's like a big jolly gift in the room.

People don't use colored light much but I love them and I like how they look with our colorful art work.

Bell approves too.


Anonymous said...

GREAT TREE fellow New Yorker!!!


Reggie Darling said...

That is a fun and very stylish ornament Bart! Reggie

Ella said...

Hi Bart, I love your Tree and the ornament, it's very much NY. Our fir is still outside the house with 12 inches of snow on it. But hopefully it will be decorated before evening.
Best wishes

P.Gaye Tapp at Little Augury said...

that ornament is great-love adding unique ephemera on the tree-I add tiny frames of family that just sit about most of the year. This is a great adaptation and I think I may do something like it for my niece as a little gift. Perfect Idea! I love the color lights-the big ones! and the water tube sort- I know Reggie is shuttering right now!
merry Christmas to you Bart. always enjoy your posts.

The Sluice Box said...

Thank goodness for colored lights. There's something antiseptic and faux-sophsticated about white lights on a Christmas tree.

Bart Boehlert said...

Thank you for the comments here – glad you like our tree!

Kathy said...

Wonderful story...lovely tree! K