Small children are particularly adept at memorizing carols and seem to take particular glee in the act of singing them over and over again even if they don’t quite have all the words down. One such tune we used to inflict upon anyone who would listen was “The Twelve Days of Christmas” and our wobbly chorus would begin the 1st of December – in this reality, 12 days doesn’t seem quite enough to do much of anything let alone count the hours as they dance and leap away towards the Big One. Twenty-four seems a more reasonable number in which to get December tasks accomplished and also provides enough words to festoon and bedeck any of our holidays.
Saint Nick’s list comprises:
- Artefact – a man-made object taken as a whole; like the reindeer made out of a fossilized candy-cane and pipe cleaners from the Ghost’s kindergarten year
- Bow – a decorative interlacing of ribbons once fashioned by crafty hands and now bought by the dozen in a plastic bag
- Christmas tree – an ornamented evergreen used as a Christmas decoration now made out of plastic or recycled material because the real ones are considered a fire hazard
- Design – as in “the dog made a design near the neighbour’s inflatable manger”
- Embellishment – a superfluous ornament; pretty much everything hauled out of the 12 boxes marked “festive” in the garage
- Finial – an ornament at the top of a spire or gable; or that fancy thing that is always lost that holds the lampshade onto the arc
- Gimcrackery – ornamental objects of no great value; what’s inside those expensive crackers everyone insists must be placed on the holiday table and no, you cannot make them yourself
- Hood ornament – that metal bit on the front hood of a car emblematic of the manufacturer and usually broken off to be hung on a chain as a last minute gift
- Incrustation – a decorative coating of contrasting material that is applied to a surface as an overlay: see Happy– Part 1
- Jingle bells – those noisemakers that warn that carollers are coming
- Kringle – better than a kugel and sweeter than a knish
- Lunula – a crescent-shaped metal ornament of the Bronze Age hung by historians on their Christmas trees
- Marzipan – those cute little fruit, vegetables and animals that harden into sweet tree ornaments if not eaten immediately
- Necklet – a fur piece, precious metal or preferably gemstone necklace worn about the neck on Santa’s to-get list
- Oranges – laboriously stuck with cloves til fingers bleed
- Pattern – a decorative or artistic work; what happens to walls when felt pens are left out and small guests arrive
- Quills – better for writing letters and in baskets than in Rover’s inquisitive nose
- Rosemaling – a Scandinavian style of carved or painted decoration consisting of floral motifs best left to those who know how to do that type of thing
- Set decoration – part of the set of a theatrical or movie production that takes place in living rooms at this time of year
- Tinsel – a showy decoration that is basically valueless; those metal strands that took hours to place that the cat would eat like spaghetti
- Ugly – a matter of opinion but usually in reference to footed pyjamas with animal appendages
- Volute – a spiral or twisted formation more fun in food
- Wind chime – a decorative arrangement of pieces of metal that hang together loosely so the wind can cause them to tinkle and drive the squirrels crazy – enough said…
- X is for red lipstick kisses on cheeks, Y because….
- Z – is the sound of peace
Across the Bored would venture that this word is being used in some form this month as a noun or verb and so the Two Cents Tuesday Challenge is about – Decoration.
“What is decoration to you?” – minimal or elaborate, clutter or clean, eyesore or eye candy, holiday or everyday… and it doesn’t have to be seasonal….
We would love to see your vision.
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