Tuesday, December 18, 2012
"Pop Culture" Christmas Tree
For tomorrow's ABC Wednesday post, I plan to share a particular set of ornaments on our next door neighbor's 12' tall Christmas tree, decorated with an American Pop Culture theme. But for today, I wanted to share some of the other fun ornaments on their tree. None of these will win any photography awards (pardon the flash's overexposure in some, I've spent all the time I can trying to improve them), but I hope you'll enjoy them in the whimsical spirit in which they're posted, and that some might even bring back fun and fond childhood memories for some of you. :-)
Though not really a fan of either Marilyn or Hallmark's curmudgeonly Maxine (whose string of Christmas lights blink), I found their juxtaposition here amusing! Could there be two more different personalities, do you think?
Some of my fellow Baby Boomers* among you may appreciate the fond Saturday morning memories this ornament evokes, especially when you hear the Looney Tunes theme song the ornament plays!
*Oh, I know you can catch these cartoons on cable now, but it's just not the same
as watching it in footie jammies on a console TV with rabbit ear antennas and dials
that you had to get up, go over and TURN! Uphill in a blizzard! LOL :-)
And who among you wouldn't claim the classic Chocolate Factory scene as their favorite I Love Lucy episode?
(Because you know you want to)...
Still brings tears of laughter to my eyes!
(I Dream of) Jeannie, complete with her genie bottle, who will forever be linked in my mind with days I stayed home sick from school, watching her, Green Acres, My Three Sons, Mister Ed, Gomer Pyle, McHale's Navy, The Andy Griffith Show, Bewitched...
Speaking of "witch" (lol)...
How I sometimes still wish for a magic ponytail to toss or a bewitching nose to twitch to make bad things disappear and wonderful things happen.
Television's The Muppet Show came along as I entered high school and ended during my first year in college. Do you remember the names of the two curmudgeons who heckled the rest of the Muppets from their balcony booth?* Several of their heckles emanate from this ornament...
(Thank goodness for the Interwebs, I never would have remembered on my own!)
And a favorite TV show from recent years, BW and I discovered the first few seasons of The Office on Netflix (when the only TV station we got was PBS), and would stay up WAY past our bedtime watching episode after episode on our computer!
A favorite book and Christmas television show, everyone's favorite Grinch (but only because his heart grew three sizes that day!)...
Scarlet O'Hara from Gone with the Wind...
Vivien Leigh's Scarlett looks lovely, but I will forever prefer Carol Burnett's version!
Will Santa bring you what you asked for?...
"Reply hazy, try again." ;-)
I am "of an age" that remembers playing Pong on my neighbors' TV set and thinking it was really something. That was a few years before I spent more quarters and hours than I care to think about playing this...
(and Galaga and Spy Hunter and Centipede, which I mastered well enough that I could eventually play them for hours with only a 25¢ investment, an achievement of which I'm still terribly proud. Especially since it meant I could still afford to do laundry that week.) :-)
This one's for you, Molly! :-)
See you tomorrow for more!
- INFERNO ~ Dan Brown
- MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD & EVIL ~ John Berendt
- MY NOTORIOUS LIFE: A NOVEL ~ Kate Manning
- ONE SUMMER: AMERICA, 1927 ~ Bill Bryson
- QUIET: THE POWER OF INTROVERTS IN A WORLD THAT CAN'T STOP TALKING ~ Susan Cain
- THE BEAUTIFUL CIGAR GIRL ~ Daniel Stashower
- THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY ~ Erik Larson
- THE SHADOWS, KITH AND KIN ~ Joe R. Lansdale
- THE TIPPING POINT ~ Malcolm Gladwell
There is still strong in our society the belief
that animals and the natural world have value
only insofar as they can be converted into revenue.
That nature is a commodity.
And that the American dream is one of unlimited consumption.
There are many of us, on the other hand,
who believe that animals and the natural world
have value by virtue of being alive.
That Nature is a community to which we belong
and to which we owe our lives.
And that the deeper American dream is one of unlimited compassion.
~John Robbins, "The Food Revolution"