What Does YOUR Tree Say About YOU?
We are what we eat, right?
What we wear says a lot about us, doesn’t it?
Basically, everything we put out into the world says something about who we are, and people are reading those cues all of the time. So during this holiday season, I did a thing that says something about who I am and where I am at the moment – I made my own Xmas tree, out of a tomato cage.
What does this say about me?
Sad? Confused? Arty? Poor? This is a FAR cry from the White House trees! But hey, these are tomato cages, so Michelle should approve…
So what did your holiday tree say about you? Was your tree a real tree, or artificial? Did you get it from a lot outside of a mall, or did you go chop it down on your own from a tree farm? Did you decorate it from a collection of cherished heirloom ornaments, or did you create ornaments from popcorn, candy, and other items you had on hand?
Not all of us grew up with the tradition of Christmas, but many people find it comforting to indulge in the festivities, and they put up a tree to honor the spirit of the holiday season. There have been a couple of years when I didn’t want to put up a tree (for many reasons), but I just couldn’t HELP myself, so I would end up bringing in a branch from a tree or shrub in my garden and decorating that.
Somehow, those small gestures became the most magical ones. I love the memories of my small, Charlie Brownish decorated branch-trees, and I really think my deconstructed tomato cage line-drawing of a tree suits me perfectly right now. It is a symbol of paring things down, questioning things, but still being in the game! Still wanting to celebrate and play!
I’d love to know what did you do this year for a tree, and to get your take on what it says about who you are and where you are in life.
I hope everyone is having a lovely holiday season – Merry Merry to ALL!!!
on December 27, 2013 at 5:23 pm, in the category But is it Art?, CRRRITIC.