Here it is!
I always love my tree. After 34 years of putting everything possible on it, it's hard to find places for stuff. And, I do mean everything. In addition to the homemade ornaments, the store-bought ones, and the gifted trinkets, we have the cheap plastic giveaways from all kinds of companies including Ponderosa Steak House, Life Savers, the Energizer Bunny, M & M's, and last year's coke bottles shaped like ornaments.
Any little colorful treasure that made its way into the house at Christmas time including fast food restaurant giveaways got a ribbon on it and was slapped up on the tree. Small toys that had been outgrown during the year are there and even a rubber chicken. All the outgrown dolls and stuffed animals ended up in the Christmas boxes and grew to the point of not needing a tree skirt. You couldn't see it under all the stuffed animals anyway.
Taking a picture of any portion of the tree will turn up a strange collection like this. The handmade thing with a hat has a smiley face on one side and a frowning one on the other. Who could resist that at a craft fair? The blue at the top is one of those clear glass balls with acrylic paint rolled around inside. I absolutely have to do those every year. The Chinese doll is something my sister brought back from Chinatown at least 20 years ago. I couldn't figure out what to do with it, so it went on the tree. Peeking out from the side is the crafty little box sewn together using yarn with a pompom bear inside. Those were popular about 20 years ago. My oldest son made the sled in school. Notice the very Christmasy colors of black and white. You will see that this inability to get that Christmas things might be in Christmas colors is something that none of my kids ever understood.
Before we home schooled, my kids would buy things at a little fair the elementary school set up. Students had a special day to buy items at special prices as gifts. Here are a few of the things my kids brought home.
Yes, those are the traditional orange, blue, and yellows that we all put on the tree, right? How about this one.
By far the most bizarre item has to be this one.
My kids contributed their share of strange things, too. This "ornament" is about 5 by 8 inches.
Fortunately, it's a big tree and crowded to the point that it is hard to take in all the individual oddities without working at it. I'll bet you didn't even notice the rubber chicken. Oh, yes. It's on there.