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So, after being a mildly psychotic decorating maniac at work today, putting up lights, humming Christmas carols, and generally making sure eveyrone knew I wasn't allergic to any meds so when I took a dive off the desks I was jumping between, the ambulance people would know what kind of painkillers to give me, me and my mother went to....

The Famous Christmas Store.

Okay, Austinites, is *that* what it's called? I've seen it every year since I was knee high to a computer and always wanted to go in. Lights! Trees! Pretty!

This place is like Tree Decorating Crack. They have *everything*.

As most know, I have all the artistic talent of a tree sloth, so I was awfully impressed by the dozen or so trees they had decorated. Balls as big as my head (I'm so not kidding), stiff ribbon, really, *really* bizarre looking Christmas trees that were so gorgeous they made your teeth hurt and also, made me think, man, that thing would *never* survive my son. Ornaments--my God, the ornaments. By color and type and size and glitteriness. Like, where elves shop when they want to decorate for really really special occasions. I wandered around in a daze, thinking, I need to become an assassin so I can afford to decorate like this.

In some universe, I'm sure this is an example of the Christmas Spirit.

It was just amazing. All these *things*--you could theme up your tree, add some bizarre damn things to it, they did that thing where they wound lights around every branch, which must take freaking *hours* but is so gorgeous, multi-size balls, weird gold and silvery glittery wires that just get put up anywhere. I want to do that. I want the artistic eye to be able to create like that, and I know, I *know* that even if I had eveyrthing there, I'd never get anything close to the gorgeousness they created.

If you haven't been? Totally go. It is so worth it. I may go back and buy a few things--at those prices, I can only *afford* a few things--and start collecting for the day that with any kind of luck, my genetic predispostion to be clueless at anything visually artistic will not be inherited by my son and he will decorate for me.

Mood

By that, my mood has taken a record two-day upward swing, which is freaking bizarre, but gift horse, mouth, you get the idea. Happiness is this. It's the Christmas spirit which pleases me, and also, purchasing more presents and feeling good about the world in general.

I need to find a Santa Claus icon. Hmm. Current icon is of the Christmas bears girlinthetrilby got me last year. Happy bears. Happy, happy Christmas bears. *glows*

*going to look for Santa icons*
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I don't even celebrate X-mas (well...I kind of don't. *g*), but I so get the Christmas spirit thing.

And? Note the icon! *g*

Oh *man* that is *so* adorable! *loves icon*

Ooh, ornaments! I've driven by hundreds (thousands?) of times, but I've never been in. What were the prices like?

I was in World Market a couple of weeks ago, and they had some amazing xmas stuff, too. Hopefully some of the good stuff will be left for the after-holiday sales. Then there will be prettiness for next year! :)

Ooh, ornaments! I've driven by hundreds (thousands?) of times, but I've never been in. What were the prices like?

Well. Some were Extremely Expensive for small plastic or glass balls that you use once a year, but some weren't. The problem came up in Theme.

See, you don't want just glass balls, which on their own were one to three dollars each. You also wanted the matching glittery ones, three to twenty each one. And the matching ribbon. And the matching eight inches in diameter balls, and I can't even remmber the price on that. And the weird shiny stuff that was stuck everywhere. The non-ball ones were not too bad--two dollars for something simple to fifty for the more unique. Handpainted ornaments, crystal, metal, painted wood, what have you. It was amazing. Honestly, if they do post Christmas sales, which I think they do, I'm going after and buying at least a few things to start a collection.

The artificial trees were expsensive and some were very unusual as trees go. Some were very, very large topped wiht smaller bottoms--turst me, this works in a non-slash way too. *G* I mean, they decorated with amazing stuff that looked just spectacular.

You *have* to go. I mean, I could have spent a week in there just looking at everything. There's color organization and this really wonderful scale model of an eighteenth century ballroom with people dancing inside and an opera house, just beautiful, and wreathes and the stuff to *make* wreathes and--just wow. You'll love it. LIterally, the ultimate Christmas store. Angels and wax angels and carved angels and stars and...gah. Wonderful.

I was in World Market a couple of weeks ago, and they had some amazing xmas stuff, too. Hopefully some of the good stuff will be left for the after-holiday sales. Then there will be prettiness for next year! :)

I've never been there, though I see it a lot. *G* I need to remmber to save money for after-christmas sales so I can start a good Christmas collection.

That sounds amazing. I have no money at all right now, but I would rather have two or three really nice things than fifty pieces of utter crap...so, yeah! Can't wait for the after-christmas sales! :D

I collected ornaments for quite a while. I put the word out and my family loved it, I was easy to shop for. I ended up with lots of lovely things I either couldn't or wouldn't spend the money on.

I'm with you on the quality thing. The nice thing about ornaments is that you can spend a fortune on them but you can also get really nice ones of good quality for a reasonable price. You can also find them when you travel (or your family and friends can) so you have nice memories of the person who gave it to you or the place you got it when you hang them on the tree.

I just realized that this post sounds frighteningly like Martha Stewart.

::is horrified::

I just realized that this post sounds frighteningly like Martha Stewart.

::is horrified::


This time of year I totally turn into a pagan martha stewart. Last year it was candle making for everyone. This year...maybe I'll bake. Actually, you just reminded me that I need to send out my yule/xmas/holiday cards...so thank you! :)

*Laughs happily* Christmas decorations always make my "ohprettyshiny" reflex go absolutely nuts. My neighbors have put up some very pretty lights. I like the multi-color ones, and the blue icicles. I need to go get some pretty blue icicle lights for my room. That would be fun. Because, of course, my two lava lamps, planetarium light, purple/turquoise swirl light bulb, and multicolor fiberglass thingie aren't enough. My room needs more mood lighting.

Happy Holidays,
Silverkyst



Also, you have a cute, festive QaF icon. ;p



This too. Though it's kind of a Scary!Santa.

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