Dockin’ Around the Christmas Tree

Upon hearing that Mr E Man and I will be heading to his sister’s house for Christmas and therefore don’t have a Christmas tree at home this year*, our friends invited us round to their place on Friday to help them decorate their tree. As their two-year-old daughter “helped” by climbing on her Dad’s back while he lay on the floor trying to connect the lights, I started to sort through their huge box of assorted ornaments. And look what geeky vintage childhood delights I found!

Light-up space shuttle - note teeny tiny space walking astronaut on the plug that goes into the light socket!

Amazingly enough, the "hear Spock's voice!" button still works!

We didn't put this one up because, well, two spaceships per tree is enough, really...

This one also stayed in the box, to protect it from passing toddlers. Maybe next year.

I think we did a pretty good job:

It is a shame not to have our own tree this year, but at least I put all the lights up and wrapped various objects in tinsel. And in just over a week, weather and road conditions permitting, we’ll be pulling up in the driveway of a house nestled in a proper Canadian winter wonderland, with a beautiful tree and lots of excited family members to welcome us!

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*when we’re home for Christmas Day itself we always get a real tree, so we don’t have a fake one lying around that we could put up. Besides, the cats do enough damage to it when we’re there to keep an eye on them… with our tenant looking in on them only every second day, we’d probably get home after Christmas to find the tree and all ornaments completely destroyed!

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10 Responses to Dockin’ Around the Christmas Tree

  1. Alyssa says:

    Gorgeous job! Funny enough, we have managed to stay away from the geeky ornaments. The closest thing we have is a shooting star.

  2. ricardipus says:

    Those are excellent. I particularly like the Shuttle. 🙂

  3. Cath@VWXYNot? says:

    Alyssa, aww, are you telling me that astronomers don’t decorate their trees with dangling planets, moons, asteroids and comets?!

    The shooting star does sound excellent, though! Photos please!

    Ricardipus, that was my favourite too. I can’t believe that my friend has had these things since he was a kid (he’s now 40) and they all still work perfectly!

  4. Alyssa says:

    I’m sure some do – I’m just not one of them! LOL!

    I’ll do a post about our Christmas tree soon, and I’ll be sure to add a photo of the shooting star just for you (I think it came free with a bottle of Smirnoff, so don’t get too excited).

  5. Cath@VWXYNot? says:

    OK, now I’m even more excited. Does it have a cheesy Smirnoff logo on it? Pleeeeease let it have a cheesy Smirnoff logo on it!

  6. Alyssa says:

    See, now you’re all worked up about it and you’re going to be disappointed! Tune in to my blog tomorrow for a photo 🙂

  7. bean-mom says:

    That shuttle ornament is awesome!

    And Alyssa, you’ve just destroyed my stereotype of astronomers, too! No cool space stations, asteroids, rockets, etc for the tree? I”ll have to look at your shooting star tommorrow…

  8. Cath@VWXYNot? says:

    I know, right?! Mine had a plush lymphocyte (from the giant microbes range) on it last year – these astronomers need to step up!

    Maybe I need to make some DNA helix tinsel for next year…

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