What Does YOUR Tree Say About YOU?

What Does YOUR Tree Say About YOU?

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We are what we eat, right?

What we wear says a lot about us, doesn’t it?

Basically, everything we put out into the world says something about who we are, and people are reading those cues all of the time. So during this holiday season, I did a thing that says something about who I am and where I am at the moment – I made my own Xmas tree, out of a tomato cage.

What does this say about me?

Sad? Confused? Arty? Poor? This is a FAR cry from the White House trees! But hey, these are tomato cages, so Michelle should approve…

So what did your holiday tree say about you? Was your tree a real tree, or artificial? Did you get it from a lot outside of a mall, or did you go chop it down on your own from a tree farm? Did you decorate it from a collection of cherished heirloom ornaments, or did you create ornaments from popcorn, candy, and other items you had on hand?

Not all of us grew up with the tradition of  Christmas, but many people find it comforting to indulge in the festivities, and they put up a tree to honor the spirit of the holiday season. There have been a couple of years when I didn’t want to put up a tree (for many reasons), but I just couldn’t HELP myself, so I would end up bringing in a branch from a tree or shrub in my garden and decorating that.

Somehow, those small gestures became the most magical ones. I love the memories of my small, Charlie Brownish decorated branch-trees, and I really think my deconstructed tomato cage line-drawing of a tree suits me perfectly right now. It is a symbol of paring things down, questioning things, but still being in the game! Still wanting to celebrate and play!

I’d love to know what did you do this year for a tree, and to get your take on what it says about who you are and where you are in life.

I hope everyone is having a lovely holiday season – Merry Merry to ALL!!!


Posted by

Ivette Soler
on December 27, 2013 at 5:23 pm, in the category But is it Art?, CRRRITIC.

    • admin
    • 23rd December 2016

    I’m treeless myself. Mostly I blame my 3 cats for my treeless condition – they’d knock it over in a New York minute! Also, I don’t celebrate Christmas. But I AM affected by the cold and dark of winter and so decided to decorate FOR THE WINTER. Went out yesterday and got a bunch of decorations on super-sale and just today hung them. Nothing that screams CHRISTMAS and will look out of place in a week. Mostly natural-looking bits and ornaments depicting animals, which I’ve hung over my kitchen window. They’ve cheered me up already.

    • Ivette Soler
    • 25th April 2017

    Hahahaha! I love it Susan – the AFTER Xmas decorations! Why not? It is the perfect time to celebrate the holidays without feeling like you are bing swept up into the “holidaze”. I think I’m going to copy you next year

    • Kris Peterson
    • 21st May 2017

    I appreciate the simplicity of your tomato cage tree – it still projects the spirit of the season. I’ve only gone tree-less once myself, when we moved into our current house 3 years ago just 8 days before Christmas. My husband would love to abandon the annual tree altogether but I can’t do without the smell and, yes, the nostalgia of dragging out ornaments collected over the years. However, immediately after Christmas I always feel a strong urge to just chuck it out and get onto the new year.

    • Ivette Soler
    • 17th July 2017

    Kris – I have to be honest – I really really missed the smell!!!!

    • Patricia Burrell
    • 21st July 2017

    My Fraser fir came from a big box store. My daughter and I went to pick out the tree. I believe that Christmas trees and decorating have no connection to the birth of Christ. I have a tree each year because of tradition and that’s how I was raised and how I raised my daughter. She knows why we celebrate Christmas. I like live trees but we also have an artificial tree some years because I believe if I’m going to go to the trouble of a tree, lights, and decorating inside and outside the house, it needs to go up early and stay up from the day after Thanksgiving until New Years. A live tree would never live for a month in my house. As houses are in zone 7, our home is warm in the Winter; not exactly the condition for a cut tree. Ornaments used to decorate it are from years of collecting and those given to me by my Mother from my childhood. When my daughter was young we used to string popcorn and make paper rings for the tree. As I grow older and my daughter will one day live in her own home, I may not always have a tree for Christmas. If I do it may be a smaller one. I am also ready for the tree and decorations to come down after New Years as I anticipate Spring and a new gardening season and seed starting inside.

    • Ivette Soler
    • 1st September 2017

    It sounds like you have a lovely tradition, Patricia – from what you say here I can see traditions mean alot to you, and that is wonderful.

    • bittenbyknittin
    • 10th September 2017

    I’m not into xmas and had not had a tree in years. But now I have a granddaughter, so last year bought an artificial pre-lit tree. For convenience, they cannot be beat. I really like your tomato cage trees. They fit with the original spirit of the season – the return of the sun – and the more modern phenomenon of the arrival of seed catalogs!

    • Ivette Soler
    • 11th September 2017

    Hey Bitten! Yes, my interest in Xmas waxes and wanes, but my celebratory holiday spirit never falters. I wonder what I’ll do next year? If I can find a black artificial light-up tree I will TOTALLY do a Gothic Xmas!

    • Susan
    • 11th September 2017

    We had to go to an artificial tree years ago for many reasons, not the least of which is my allergy to pine (I get a small rash wherever it touches me). But I’ve always loved the glass ornaments and my tree is almost exclusively filled with them. I also have the side of the tree facing my plant room decorated with garden-themed ornaments! Among others, I have 3 greenhouse ornaments and 4 conservatories, plus a pair of Wellies. I also have a small aluminum goosefeather-type tree in the plant room with miniature garden ornaments (a small pack of seeds, a trowel, etc.). It’s great fun. And by the way, Ivette – that tomato cage tree by rights should be out in your garden. Lighted, of course.

    • Ivette Soler
    • 11th September 2017

    Wow Susan, that sounds beautiful! An avid collector of ornaments! I always wanted to collect, but I also always want to do a different tree every year – I’m so flitty! I’m planning on putting the cage trees outside and see how they fare…

    • Tibs
    • 11th September 2017

    Live tree. husband would go into a decline if we didn’t. Put White Christmas movie on to the groans of daughter. It has to be down on New Year’s Day.

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