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Thursday, December 16, 2010

December 16...9 days till Christmas

We always had tons of icicles on our tree, and my mom a perfectionist, so they had to be placed on the tree, not thrown up there any old way. If any of my friends and relatives wonder where my OCD comes from, now you know.  And everything had to go on in a certain order:  lights first, then icicles, then ornaments.

All the time I was growing up, we had fresh green trees, so the icicles got thrown out with the dead tree a few days after Christmas. However, my mom relented in her older years and used an artificial tree. More convenient, you say? Oh, no...that meant that the icicles had to be carefully removed, one by one, and put back in their boxes before the tree was packed away. Heaven forbid that we have a wrinkled or slightly askew icicle straggler the next year. :)

NINE boxes of icicles

Living in North Central Texas, it's unlikely we'll see real ice or snow for Christmas, but that's just fine with me. I'll be content with Number 9 on my Christmas Wish List, a new piece or two of Russel Wright Iroquois Casual china in ice blue. I sold a gorgeous set of it a few months ago, which I pictured in a previous post, and I've missed it ever since. I have absolutely nothing that color in my house, but after my mix 'n' match post, I'm thinking I need to find a way to work a few pieces in.

#9 on my Christmas Wish List
Russel Wright Iroquois Casual in ice blue, carafe pictured


  1. Ha ha... We kids would start out carefully placing the tinsel on the tree, strand by strand, but Mom didn't care if by the end, we threw small clumps of it on!

    I think my OCD comes from Moms compulsive nature to shop and collect... We were a very modest family, so she got me hooked on thrift stores when I was a kid. They were filled with stuff from the 40's and 50's back then. Sigh...

  2. Ah yes - good taste!! I'm putting that Russel Wright carafe on my wish list too!

  3. @1950sarh: I have a friend in Ohio who had the good sense to start collecting back in the 70s when everyone thought mid-century furniture was just "junk." You can't imagine all the gorgeous things she got for pennies. Oh, to have had such foresight...:)

  4. @Rhan: I have one of the carafes in ripe apricot, but that shape is so beautiful that I could have one in every color and never get tired of looking at them.