Is That a Star Trek Ship in Your Tree?: Our First Xmas Tree

Somehow 2014 has flown by, and it’s already the holidays – the first holiday that Hedge and I are sharing as a live-together couple – which means our Christmas decorations, Christmas tree, and holiday party decor are now an equally shared endeavor.

NOZNOZNOZ - Juxtaposition of Hedge and Noz

Here, you can see the melding of our ornament collections: Hedge’s light-up SF 49ers blimp, and my vintage wooden drag queen ballerina.

So far in our living together, “our” new style has usually been simple: Hedge will have very specific functional requests (e.g. “I want bookshelves for all my books” or “I wish to have my desk facing the TV so that I may play Final Fantasy and watch sports simultaneously”), and then he is happy with any style / specific items I select to make it come together. This has worked out quite well so far.

But when it comes to the holidays, Hedge and I are equally opinionated on how to decorate. Luckily, both of us are actually really nostalgic about Xmas trees and lights. I think some people have assumed I’d have a very designy-tree, but Christmas is a time where I love to feel at every turn the holiday magic I felt as a kid – same with Hedge. So it’s been a pretty seamless blending our decorations so far: rainbow lights (incandescent old-school lights, never LEDs), vintage wooden ornaments from the 1980s, and now (thanks to Señor Hedge), lots of light-up, talking nerd space ships + sports memorabilia!

Our first Xmas tree living together. Also Viv in a Santa hat.

Our first Xmas tree living together. Also Viv in a Santa hat.

As far as tree decorating advice, I’m all about people just enjoying decorating for the holidays in ways that cherish the traditions they love — not necessarily to impress anyone. As long as the tree itself is beautiful (Noble Firs for the win, but I’m also into the more spare “Charlie Brown” look of Silver Tip trees), the lights are evenly strung, and each ornament is hung to face outward, I will probably be obsessed with your tree, because it is a reflection of how the holidays make you happy.  My newest clients’ home in San Francisco is covered in their huge nutcracker collection, for example.

SOOOO, in that spirit, the rest of this post will just be close-ups of some of the decorations in our tree and other evidence of Hedge’s holiday nerdery around the house!

Why yes, that is in fact a Star Trek "USS Rio Grande" that speaks nerd when you press a button.

Why yes, that is in fact a Star Trek “USS Rio Grande” that speaks nerd when you press a button. If you’re curious, there is also a Star Trek Enterprise, a Shuttlecraft, and a Delta Flyer. They all light up and speak because they hook into the Xmas light strand.

This ornament has been the most contentious of Hedge's – as it's a very heavy World Series champion trophy that he wanted to be the FIRST ornament people saw when they walked into the house. It's been migrated to face the living room vs. the front door.  SIDE NOTE: I kind of like that this photo obscures the last # in the year (201#) because IT COULD REALLY APPLY TO 2010, 2012, OR 2014. BOOYAAAAH.

This ornament has been the most contentious of Hedge’s – as it’s a very heavy World Series champion trophy that he wanted to be the FIRST ornament people saw when they walked into the house. It’s been migrated to face the living room vs. the front door. Note also the frilly glittery / pearly ornaments around it.
SIDE NOTE: I kind of like that this photo obscures the last # in the year (201#) because it could apply to any of the years the Giants won – 2010, 2012, OR 2014. BOOYAAAAH.

This Yoda lego baby was actually a recent addition – from Hedge's mom last year.

This Yoda lego baby was actually a recent addition – from Hedge’s mom last year. My little wooden angel in a sled is behind.

Perhaps surprising, the Hello Kitty ornament is in fact a nostalgic relic from Hedge's childhood.

Perhaps surprising, the Hello Kitty ornament is in fact a nostalgic relic from Hedge’s childhood.

My cutie glittery carousel horse (I am obsessed with carousels) + an old angel baby holding a snare drum (?)

My cutie glittery carousel horse (I am obsessed with carousels) + an old angel baby.

Last nerdery in the post: Hedge's hilarious Wookiee stocking. I'm a Disney nerd, but the Mickey stocking has just been a placeholder since I haven't found something else I love.

Last nerdery in the post: Hedge’s hilarious Wookiee stocking. I’m a Disney nerd, but the Mickey stocking has just been a placeholder since I haven’t found a stocking that I love.

I will end this post with a final note that, whatever decorations you and your family put up for the holidays, no matter how tacky you think they might be, they are already awesome – the holidays are about love and being together and happiness and magic!!!! No need to over-design that 🙂

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