Jenn Reese Writer, Artist, Geek

Teensy Tiny Tree


We’re traveling for the holidays this year, but I couldn’t resist getting a tree anyway. We skipped it last year (unless you count the one I printed out poster-sized and taped to the wall), but this is Oslo’s first Christmas! The kitten must must must be able to knock ornaments off his first tree — it’s a right of passage in every cat’s life.

Behold, the tree:

From 2009 Photobook

As you can see, the little dude has been placed atop a table for greater height and majesty. It didn’t take long for Oslo to figure out what to do:

From 2009 Photobook
From 2009 Photobook

So far, there have been no ornament deaths. (I’ve used “unbreakable” plastic ball ornaments and an array of wooden, cloth, and paper animals. In other words, I’m cheating.)

There are few things more beautiful than a lighted pine tree, in my opinion. Here, I indulge in what will no doubt be the first of many photoshoots. I just wish I could hold my hand steady in low-light settings!

From 2009 Photobook
From 2009 Photobook
From 2009 Photobook

I have a lot of tiger ornaments (surprise, surprise), but my favorite right now is a Dr. Seuss ornament — a little mobile of One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. I’m also extremely fond of abstract deer — I love the stocking holders I picked up a few years back. There’s something so noble and wild about them; they lend themselves to so many beautiful artistic interpretations.

What’s your favorite ornament or holiday decoration?

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  • I have this hallmark bulb that's a plug-in. There's a little train inside, that goes round and round through a tiny city. Very sweet and totally hypnotic.

  • Wow, Lisa, that train ornament sounds elaborate!

    Steven — Most of my wooden/paper/cloth ornaments come from CostPlus World Market, so no doubt you do recognize it!

  • I think we might be going for a small tree this year too. I was actually thinking of getting one of those small potted trees so we can plant it later on. But considering my husband and I both have black thumbs when it comes to plants, maybe a table-top tree is a safer bet. :-)

  • Hi Anna! I wish I could get one of those little potted plants, but I not only share your black thumbs, I live in a condo without land. Still, a girl can dream!

  • I love a lighted tree and a wreath on the door. Both of those put me in the spirit of the season.

    Your tree is gorgeous and I love your ornaments!

  • I was going to put a wreath on the door, but we never get visitors and our door faces a hallway. I guess I could put one on our balcony, but in this neighborhood, I doubt it would stay there for long.

    I used to hang a wreath inside, especially on years when we didn't get a tree. Can't beat the smell of pine!

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