Thursday, December 01, 2005

Blue...blue, blue Christmas

I thought about calling this entry, "For unto you is born a King..." but I didn't want all of the religious nuts Googling in here and accusing me of blasphemy (which I am very often guilty of). Although I am really not as obsessed with Elvis as one might think, I have woven the King into our Christmas tradition with the annual decorating of the Elvis Tree.

The Elvis Tree was born out of my imagination a few years ago when faced with the dilemma of yet another Christmas and not wanting to kill a tree. It came to me in a vision. I pictured a white, artificial tree with blue lights and nothing but Elvis and Elvis-related ornaments.

After years of late nights on Ebay and countless gifts from well-meaning friends and family, I had plenty of Elvis stuff to decorate a tree. So I went to the nearest K-Mart and bought me a 6-foot white tree and some blue lights. The result was stunning as you can see:

It's even more stunning when you turn off the lights and experience Blue Christmas in all it's splendor:

And perched on top of the tree in front of the star is the King himself from the Elvis in Hawaii concert. I get teary-eyed ever time I look at it:

But the best part is the minature Graceland that I set up under the tree. I picked it up on eBay a few years ago. It came complete with Christmas decorations that light up. Unfortunately, our cats don't have the respect for the King's castle that I do:

Now that we are in our new house, I wasn't sure Tess would be open to the Elvis tree. But fortunately we have a big house and room for two trees.

I love my wife.

11 comments:

Tiny Elvis said...

Hey, look at that cat over there. That cat is huge.

Lights in the wake said...

Ha ha ha. That's a good one Tiny E.

Tiny Elvis said...

I'm just saying it's huge, that's all.

The Michael said...

To your very last line of your post: You should! hehe

Luckily, my wife hasn't had to tolerate any shrines.

Unless of course you count Lord God Imac......

Or the Beatles.......

Tim ID said...

lights and tiny elvis (who I think are the same person),

In reality, both cats are pretty darned huge. In this case they are paying homage to the Hillbilly Cat.

the michael,

truth be told, I was always a Beatle fan first.

Lights in the wake said...

Please Tim, tell me you've seen the SNL Tiny Elvis skits. Otherwise, what I did doesn't make a bit of sense.

Tim ID said...

Lights,

Nicolas Cage. Of course. I thought it was hilarious. And I got your joke. It was huge. :)

But the cats really are huge.

shandi said...

Tim I love the Elvis tree. It is gorgeous with the lights out. I think its wonderful that you decorate your tree with your true passions.

I'm gonna have a hillbilly redneck christmas myself, equipped with beer can ornaments and toilet seat wreaths.
What do ya think?

Tim ID said...

Thanks for appreciating the Elvis tree, shandi. I'd protest that it isn't my true passion, but I'd be accused of protesting too much.

I like the redneck x-mas tree concept, but I think Walmart beat you to it.

teri said...

Great post and it sounds like you have a great wife, she must truly love you. ;)

Tim ID said...

Thanks Teri,

Well at least we know she doesn't love me for my good taste!