Showing posts with label christmas decorations. Show all posts
Showing posts with label christmas decorations. Show all posts

Friday, December 13, 2013

Lego City Advent Calendar Day 13

I'm having issues with a little stomach bug, so it's going to be a quick entry today.


Today's set was a..Christmas spaceman? I was a little puzzled until I remembered the front of the calendar's box. This fine upstanding gentleman has our tree topper!


It seems to be a bit of overkill, using a jet pack to place the star on such a short tree. But what the heck, he was already wearing it, so why not?


And there we go, a proper topper for our tree. Not that the flame wasn't cool guys...


Saturday, December 7, 2013

Oh Christmas twees!

Today was the day Chelsea and I picked out our Christmas tree. I feel like we're running behind this year, since it seems like we've normally had one for at least a week by now. Rather than participating in the madness that is Black Friday, we would spend the day getting out the decorations. Then we would go that weekend and pick out a tree, and spend the rest of the day making sure it wasn't going to fall over. You think I'm joking, but we haven't had a tree not fall over yet. I blame it on the damn cats. Once the tree was secured, Chelsea would string the lights, mostly without me, since I don't do it right. Then I would get to help hang the rest of the decorations. This year was pretty much par for the course, except I think we have a tree that may stand up to any mischief from our annoying felines.


It's a little shorter than what we usually get, but I think that will work in our favor. It's also one of the straightest trees we've had, which means we didn't have to keep turning it in the stand until I found it's sweet spot. There's always one spot that leaves the tree perfectly balanced, and all it takes is being a few degrees off to put your furniture and decorations in jeopardy. Speaking of decorations, I only put up a quarter of them this year, but that's mainly because I kept getting distracted by Star Wars. Rather than trying to watch the entire original trilogy on Christmas day, I've decided to spread it out through the season. As much as I hate the special edition version of A New Hope, I must admit it looks amazing on our tv.

Sorry, I started getting a bit off topic there. We also have a second, artificial tree that is set up in the den. This one is all Chelsea's, and she tries to decorate it differently each year.


This year she made a snowman tree. A friend of hers made a paper mache snowman head, and Chelsea provided the gloves and the boots. She also made a top hat for him from some light cardboard (my idea). The tree actually serves another purpose though; it's where we usually put our gifts for other people. We can't have them getting all mixed up with our gifts, now can we? That's not the only thing we have set up in the den, as I'm sure you can tell..


Chelsea's got her own mood table. She's amassed enough of those porcelain houses to make a village, which is pretty much what she did. The buildings stay the same, but the layout changes every year. I think this is one of my favorites, with the ranger station and ski lodge way up in the mountains where they belong. I like the darker photo more, since it seems to make the mountain top buildings look sufficiently far away compared to the main part of town. It's hard to see them, but there are townspeople to go along with all the buildings as well. Their stories were suitably twisted, as they would be from someone I call a girlfriend. Maybe I can talk Chelsea into writing down all their sordid histories for me. It really was fascinating.

Well, now it's time for me to go enjoy a nice warm beverage, and sit back watching Christmas movies until I pass out in the chair. See you tomorrow.




Sunday, November 17, 2013

Christmas Mood Table

For some reason, I'm really having a rough time getting into the holiday spirit this year. Maybe it's because we're pretty much broke, or perhaps it's stress from worrying about family and work. Whatever the reasons, I was finding that I had to force the happy feelings the past couple of weeks. Today, I decided to take back my holiday cheer. I was determined to find a way to bring those feelings of joy back to the surface, but I couldn't figure out how. Then it hit me, I needed a mood table.


I wish I could make the claim that I invented the concept of a mood table, but I believe that honor goes to Matt from Dinosaur Dracula. Humble as he may be, his Halloween Mood tables are something to behold, and I'm sure they could put anybody in the Halloween spirit. I decided to take that concept and apply it to the Christmas season. I did a quick search, but I couldn't find any examples of  Christmas Mood Tables. Does that mean I'm the first?



It actually took several tries before I got everything arranged just so. It's still not quite perfect, since I'd love to add some more colorful objects, but I think it's looking pretty great right now. Let's have a closer look, shall we?


This little Santa toy was once filled with candy. Now he just appears to be filled with fear. That's what happens when you tell Bob the Zombie Viper he's on the naughty list. It's not his fault he did all those nasty things. He's really not such a bad guy, he just smells that way.

I have to admit, after reexamining the photo, it's quite possible he's just trying to get away from Timber. Santa needs to realize, just because the wolves at the North Pole are friendly, doesn't mean the ones down here will be as amicable.


This is what I like to call the "treat corner" of the table. Up front we have Gingerbread M&M's, Gingerbread Peeps, and Rudolph gummies. Obi Wan Kenobi looks like he really wants an M&M, but I'm sure he thinks this is some kind of test. Just eat one already Ben. I promise they won't make you go to the dark side.


My, aren't we a happy looking Santa Claus. I can't help it, every time I look at this guy, I can't keep myself from grinning. Unfortunately, I have to make sure he stays turned off. Otherwise, the slightest touch on his belly sends him into a hysterical fit, and he'll knock everything off the table. Oh Ticklish Santa, you bring so much joy and so much aggravation at the same time..I'm not sure if you can tell, but Ticklish Santa is also sitting on several of my favorite Christmas Movies. Now I'm realizing I probably should have stored the discs in a binder, because I'll have to take part of the display down to get to the movies. Crap.


At the top of the mountain, we have the lair of Stunt Claus. Or is it Santa Zombie? Zombie Claus? I guess I should have established that at his creation. Either way, he has plenty of friends, with Wampa, unfortunate skeleton, and a couple of snowmen to keep him company. What are his plans for the Christmas season? Nothing too evil I hope...


Here we see Iron man putting the finishing touches on the tree. He actually came up with a formula to determine which decorations should go where. The result is the most precisely decorated tree in history. Behind him you can see more of our Christmas movies, and next to those you can barely see a Christmas Sing-a-ma-jig. It's just watching, waiting for the perfect moment to jump from behind the tree and sing "Jingle Bells" at somebody.


High up in the tree, Snake Eyes is keeping watch, just in case any of Cobra's secret elves try to come in and sabotage the lights. He may not seem like the Christmas-y type, but oh boy..does he ever get pissed when someone tries to mess with the tree lights.


It seems the Storm Trooper got a little confused, and mistook Dodger from Oliver and Company for his Tauntaun. "No wonder they lost the war", muttered a bewildered Rebel Trooper under his breath.


It seems like wherever you go, there will always be somebody causing trouble. Knowing Mumm-Ra, this is all his doing. Or, I could be wrong, and it's all part of a snowball fight gone bad. Either way, this is probably going to end badly for Cobra Commander, unless he's smart enough to run away from this one.

I have to admit, after I finished the table, I was definitely feeling more of the ol' Christmas spirit. It's almost like those twinkling little lights burned through whatever fog that was keeping me from getting into the holiday. So, if you're feeling down in the dumps, or just can't get into the swing of things this year,just do what I did. Arrange a bunch of random Christmas items on a table top, and watch your aggravations just dissolve away. Oh, and if you do put together a Christmas Mood Table, I'd love to see it.

Have a happy rest of November!
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