So, a few shots of the Christmas tree here. We are a bit contrary, in that the Red Family decorates late compared to many, and we leave the tree up until 12th Night.
A Polish straw ram. We have a dozen or so Polish straw ornaments from the Polish heritage center up in Hamtramck. Another Polish arrival, which I got before I learned that I was going to Krakow, was the Wawl dragon.
The bird under the dragon is, well, old enough that it was made in Czechoslovakia. We also have ornaments from East Germany and Romania that cost twenty-five cents for a box of twelve silvered-glass balls.
The dragon, one of two, one red and one black, is Asian. The unicorn comes from the Met Museum. We also have the Met’s reproduction of the unicorn from “The Unicorn in Captivity”, one of the tapestries in the Cloisters branch of the Met. It is . . . large. And heavy.
And a glass pheasant, because why not? I didn’t put any airplanes on the tree this year. I have, um, 22 I think. I’d have to check the number on the latest box. The entire set, however many that is. Dad loaded the tree with old-school ornaments while Mom and I wrestled with the Smithsonian carousel animals*, so most of the odds-and-sods didn’t get on the tree this year.
*If you go back to the first shot, you can see the cat and a few others hanging in the window.