Our little plastic tree arrived on Saturday, and we set it up and strung it with lights before really getting down to the ornament making.
When I was growing up, decorating the tree was a family affair. It was a time when we could take out all the ornaments my parents had collected over the years and remember the times we all shared together. Almost all the ornaments had a story. We had either bought or made them and each one signified a time in our lives. I love that idea, and since John and I are just starting our lives together, I want to make sure we have a way to look back too. One year, when I was very young, my mother made cookie ornaments, and we each painted one (I think I was little enough that I "helped" to paint one). I thought that would be an inexpensive way for us to make our own ornaments. I looked it up, and found this recipe from allrecipes.com. Mine didn't turn out particularly flat, I don't know what I was doing wrong, but a few turned out well. On Sunday, John, his mother, and I sat down and painted them. It was a nice little family activity. We turned on Pandora's Christmas channel and told stories about Christmas past.
His Batman symbol fit in really well with the Batmobile I had already transformed into an ornament. He painted the body of the ornament black and added the yellow bat symbol after the black paint dried.
I went for Superman and Captain America myself.
Now we come to my favorite part of the tree, a Mario Star topper.
the little bing. I painted it yellow, adding a darker orange around the edges and a white highlight to the edges. I painted little black eyes with white highlights, and painted the stem green to blend with the tree. I sprayed it with sealer and when it was dry I tried to attach it to the tree. The top sprig on the tree was not sturdy enough to hold up the weight of this star.
How does your Christmas tree reflect your interests?