Thursday, December 15, 2011

ITS BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS: The Dead Head Tree!

JULIE AND DONNA DECORATE THE DEAD HEAD TREE
Christmas 2011

Everyone loves our house during the Christmas season.  Every corner, every shelf and even hanging from the chandelier, has a decoration.  This doesn't just happen.  It takes years to collect everything, putting into and removing from storage and putting it all on display.  To my lovely wife, Julie, this is what Christmas is all about.

One of the first Christmas cards we received this year was from what for many, many years was my youngest grandchild, Jillian Elizabeth.  In the card from she and husband, Tim, she mentioned the decorated house AND the dead head tree.

The "youngest" title now belongs to 10 year old Delanie Rose Pierce Boggs, her grandpa's little Rosebud.


EACH AND EVERY DECORATION ON THIS TREE HAS A SPECIAL MEMORY TO JULIE

This cute little Santa head was molded in clay and hand painted by the 10-year-old featured singer of the SOGGY BOTTOM BUNCH, JUG BAND, SINGERS AND DANCERS.    I played the banjo and called square dances for the group.

Syndra is now a teenager and a beautiful young lady.

What happy memories are associated with this "dead head".  Syndra was one of the Christmas Carolers who came to sing "We wish you a merry Christmas" when I was ill last week.

This spectactular Santa head came from Myrtle Beach.  It was bought simply for the beauty and to be used to anchor the other heads on the tree.  Another Santa head bought in Myrtle Beach in 2005.  It was bought to remember that in that year Julie was recovering from the most serious brain surgery.  She still had stitches and clamps and had to go to a local hospital when the wound started to open and seep.  NOT ALL MEMORIES ARE PERFECT.  Julie still struggles a bit from that surgery but does not let it defer her from enjoying the good life.
The Santa head above was purchased to remember Julie's first wilderness canoe expedition.  We had paddled five lakes into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in the extreme northeast of Minnesota and camped for a week.  The last night a black bear took a dump just outside the tent near Julie's head.  In Grande Marias there was the most unusal Ben Franklin store.  Anything you could imagine was sold there, including Santa heads.   Each and every head has a story.

The entire house is undergoing change.  All the dishes in the Hunt Board is changed over to the Christmas dishes.  Not one corner of the house is free of decoration
MY NUMBER ONE ASSISANT KEEPS EVERY THING IN ORDER
WATCH'EM GUNNER

WHAT'S HAPPENING AT YOUR HOUSE FOR CHRISTMAS?
I'd love to know!
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God Bless You And Yours

GOD BLESS THE USA

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