I posted a rhyme on facebook, and then thought, what the heck, I'll put it up here, too.
Inspiration that hit as I was pulling our our polyglot assortment of Christmas ornaments to hang on the tree this year. I thought it might be kinda fun to see if anyone who hung out at the house would actually try to find all the stuff; I might even procure a small prize. Sort of like the Pickle Game, taken to another level.
I admit I bobbled the rhyme/meter just a bit in the verse about the angels. But the rest fits my memory of those 'I Spy' books my kids had.
I challenged my facebook friends to write a similar rhyme about their tree. But after a few days, I began to realize there may not be much response there...as I looked through the photos of my friends' Christmas trees, I realized mine is rather old-fashioned and out of date. I mean, who puts lights and random ornaments on a tree anymore? The standard seems to be a few sets of color-coordinated ornaments, net and ribbon, with a pouffy bow or floral arrangement or something at the top.
Something like this: (courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens)
Not much to I SPY on any of those. But the old fashioned tree at our house...yeah, there's some I SPY possibilities there...
So what kind of tree is at your house? BH&G beauty, or kitschy old fashionedness?
I SPY UPON THE CHRISTMAS TREE…
A dolly named Sue and the Grinch with a tree
Two turtledoves and a partridge with a pear
Four bristle-tail birds and a wild black bear
A horse pulling a sleigh, a swirly sea shell
A World War One Ace (twice!) and a green striped bell
Three young carolers and their shadow
The State of Indiana and Three bells in a row
Three horses that rock, Chuck and the Gang
Two street cars and A Ford Mustang
A sewing basket, a box with thread
A tree in a thimble and a quilt edged with red.
A cat with a hat and a red hair bow,
A dulcimer and a barn with silo
A tree full of candy from 2009
A bristly rabbit and a duck made from pine
An angel in a rosy dress,
One with golden wings
A crystal angel with a tree
And one with a book to sing
A mouse in a nutshell, two birds in a nest
Two tiny sheep under a star to rest
Wise men on camels, a pair of mittens
A butcher shop and two mischievous kittens
Two lamp posts and a red front door
A doll named Ann and a Santa by Shore
A holly necklace on a dove
A round-headed kid with a tree that needs love.
Ice skates on Santa and on a Snowman, too
A red-striped shirt and a shirt that is blue.
I’ve found all this and more on our Christmas tree
How many of these things can you also see?