Here's what the 2004 edition of the Geek family Christmas tree looks like:
As you might be able to see, we tend to favor glass ornaments with different shapes and not just red, gold, and green ball ornaments. I tend to think that this is partly due to my Slovak heritage; it is precisely that part of the world where the idea of Christmas ornaments originated and where ornamental glass makers still abound. I grew up with ornaments my mother inherited from her family... and those were purchased in the 30's, 40's and 50's from stores in areas with large Eastern European communities who wanted such items. Mrs. Geek told me that she was very impressed with my Christmas ornament collection when we first decorated a tree two years ago. I guess most bachelors are not that interested in buying Christmas ornaments. Me, I love them -- though I think this largely because I broke so many of my mother's beautiful ornaments when I was small.
Fortunately, fancy Christmas ornaments are back "in". I think part of it must have to do with renewed trading ties with the countries of Central and Eastern Europe where they were formerly produced. This has allowed Mrs. Geek and myself to purchase more than a few ornaments in the two years since our last tree.
These include some of Christopher Radko's Shiny Brite replicas that I was able to pick up cheap at a post-Christmas sale in 2002:
My mother still has a couple boxes of the originals. She says that maybe the two sets will mix and mingle someday.
Mrs. Geek also took some pics of some of the new ornaments we got in the last year. These include: a married couple, an Irish dancer, and a number of Hawaii-themed ornaments from our honeymoon.
Check back later. I'll try to include a few of them here.
on 2004-12-15 at 2:14 p.m.
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