December 11-17, 2012
With Christmas on the way, I decided to use the Christmas Tree theme for a week of 365 Photo Project. I’m working hard to get in the Christmas spirit. Also, for those of you following at home, I have skipped over a few weeks to get this week’s photo blog into the mix. I will go back and fill in. At the rate I am going to play catch up, I would be posting Christmas trees in January or February, and there is nothing more depressing that Christmas Trees in mid-January.
This time of year, there are Christmas trees everywhere. I do enjoy seeing the different takes on the holiday symbol. White lights are colored, or even single color non-white. Is the tree themed with colors? Are the decorations eclectic or simple? Tinsel? Garland? Both? Popcorn and cranberry garland? Candy canes? There is a crazy amount of choice. One thing you just don’t see much anymore is lit candles on a Christmas tree.
Growing up, we had real trees for awhile. We would trek down to the Kiwana’s Tree sale at the Fairgrounds in Fairbanks, Alaska. We would be bundled up and amble through the aisles of trees trying to find the right one. Once selected, it would be wrapped in paper, and we would whisk it home quickly. The tree couldn’t freeze because it would cause the needles to drop.
Once home, my parents would get it into its stand and unwrap it. The WORST part was having to wait for the tree to fall. I never understood this. We were going to hang ornaments on it which would help it fall, but we always had to wait a day. To be honest, I still don’t understand this. But the smell was worth it. There is nothing like the smell of a fresh pine tree in your home.
Then my mom would dig out the box of lights and we would go through each one looking for burned out ones. She would string the lights. Not my dad. Ever. In fact, I don’t recall my dad ever hanging a single decoration on the tree. I guess it wasn’t his thing.
Eventually, the post Christmas mess of needles through the house gave way to artificial trees. They’re still nice, but don’t conjure up those memories of being bundled up to shop in a cold warehouse for the perfect tree.
As I shot this week, and because I was never sure where I would see a tree, I was shooting with my iPhone at times. I still love the Gorilla Cam app. The first tree was taken at the coffee shop in downtown Anchorage. This is a pretty standard Christmas Tree.
The next tree is our tree. You can see we are pretty standard.
I am a multi-color guy. The ornaments are ones from when I was a kid. My mom used to buy one for us each year. I have a large number of Frosty Friends ornaments, that involve ice, an eskimo and some arctic animal. We have a rather eclectic group of ornaments from a glass pickle to a bird house from 1979, some hand crafted German piece to a Snoopy and Charlie Brown that my mom bought on a trip to New York City at Christmas time.
Part of the tradition of me and Evan putting up our tree is to argue whether or not the garland goes on before or after the ornaments. I’ve long since given up. I’m a garland goes last guy. Evan is a garland first guy. I love the tree topper which is a hat you might see on a snowman. It’s very fun. I do like how our tree looks in our living room window.
Since I seem to frequent coffee shops, the shot on December 13 is from another one. I liked the little animals, so I went for detail instead of the full tree.
On Friday the 14th, my staff had the office Christmas party. One of my crafty staff created this beautiful lit palm tree style Christmas tree outfitted with pink flamingo lights.
I really liked this Christmas Tree. It is sitting in our office and might even hang out all year. It would not be what I would consider a sad tree to have around in mid-January.
Saturday’s Christmas tree was taken at the family Christmas party at Uncle Buster and Aunt Cheryl’s.
We did the typical dirty Christmas gift exchange and generally had a fun time with the family.
Sunday’s Christmas tree was found in the parking lot of Fred Meyer.
Because winter being so dry up here in Alaska, you don’t often see this sight with a car and a tree. It’s not good to let your Christmas tree freeze because the needles will fall off almost immediately. You will notice this is the only real tree of the bunch I took. In fact, come to think of it, I haven’t seen a real tree at all this month.
In Alaska, if you do have a Christmas tree, it is from out of state. Some brave souls do believe you can go out and cut a spruce tree. Usually, it’s a black spruce, which is the epitome of a Charlie Brown Christmas tree. Have a look at what I mean.
The last tree is our second tree. We got this tree about three years ago or so. It’s a nice accompaniment to the main tree in the living room.
So that is this week’s post for the 365 Photo Project. I do have one more photo for the week. It was out of theme, but this week saw 12/12/12 and I got one more photo at a prime moment.
I can’t say it is a particularly compelling image, but I like that I caught this moment that won’t happen for another 100 years.
Today, as I write this is the end of the world. I think 12/12/12 at 12:12 was more exciting, frankly.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.