A $100 Christmas tree

"It’s tackier than all get out, but we figure it’s a tree that will reimburse us $100 after everything’s said and done."



Georgia Brooks

My mother’s Christmas tree is a glorious, sparkling lesson of family history. Mine, however, is far from it. In fact, I’m wondering if it’s a skosh offensive.

Please know I unashamedly love, love, love the holiday season — broadly, that stretch from mid-October through Thanksgiving and all the way to Epiphany, when it’s time to start thinking about king cakes and Mardi Gras beads. More specifically, I love Christmas above any other time, and part of that has to do with putting up a tree.

I can’t remember how old my husky jeans-wearing self was when Mom started letting me help her put ornaments on the tree, but I had to have been 5, if not younger. We were living in Tampa, Florida, and I vaguely recall tinseling the tree. I also might have been wearing shorts, cowboy boots and an Alabama Crimson Tide T-shirt. I say “vaguely” and “might have” because I’ve apparently reached the age where my mind occasionally scrapbooks together this bit and that of various childhood photos and … Well, let’s just say I’m probably one or two birthdays from fondly remembering a Christmas involving bottle rockets, watermelon, baskets of chocolate rabbits and turkey and dressing. Mmm ... That’s not a bad memory, actually.

Anyway, I helped Mom decorate the tree until I moved to Tulsa — and I’ve helped a few times since, when I’ve been fortunate enough to go to Mississippi for Thanksgiving. Over the years, I learned wonderful things about my family through those ornaments, like the lace bootie Mom wore as a baby in 1946, the felt-covered cardboard Santa boot someone gave her when my brother was born Dec. 21, 1969, the brown-painted clothespin reindeer I made in first grade in … Oh, I don’t know, almost 1990. OK, fine, 1981.

With myriad memories represented from five generations, Mom’s tree takes two people a few hours to put together, and she does it every year — usually by herself, because Dad’s watching football. My tree, however, might take 45 minutes, max.

For those not in the know, my roomie, Lord V, isn’t fond of Christmas. But for whatever odd reason, he’s game for letting me put up a tree, and we started debating decorating ideas back in late September. After contemplating decorations based on color schemes (like “Blue Christmas”) or themes (like the musical “Cats” — because one of our four fur babies will be all up in the dang tree throughout the holidays, and we probably wouldn’t even need ornaments), we eventually settled on — Father Christmas, forgive me — “Dollar Tree,” complete with 1,000 green and/or gold lights and up to 100 $1 bills made into accordion bows. 

Yes, ma’am, it’s tackier than all get out, but we figure it’s a tree that will reimburse us $100 after everything’s said and done. Would you believe the “Dollar Tree” is an artistic expression of my disdain for yuletide hyper-consumerism and how it’s overshadowing the true meaning of Christmas? Yeah, I’m aware it’s still tacky.

Plus, it lacks a story like Mom’s tree. It’s not like my nephew, T, can come over and ask, “Uncle Jason, what’s the story behind this one?” Because I’d have to go, “Well, T, I’ve read that 90 percent of all American dollar bills have traces of cocaine on them, so we can probably make up our own stories. Ho, ho, ho!”

Obviously, I need to start accruing actual ornaments — or making them. I made some plaster of Paris ornaments in some old Christmas cookie tins in sixth grade and gave them as presents. Perhaps not surprisingly, Mom still has a few of those. Maybe I could make a small batch each year, mark the date on the back and ... I’ve already lost interest in this. The “Cats” tree is looking more appealing by the second.

Besides, nothing will ever be as gorgeous to me as Mom’s tree. Maybe I’ll make something for her this year or find a frame ornament and put a photo of me when I was little in my husky jeans, boots, holding a turkey and launching bottle rockets from a watermelon. Or maybe I’ll just get her something pretty from Miss
Jackson’s.

 

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Opening to the public on Thursday, Nov. 16, the 110th anniversary of Oklahoma statehood, “The Art of Oklahoma” celebrates the Museum’s outstanding and...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Dr.
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
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The work of renowned artist Christopher Curtis will be featured at Tulsa Botanic Garden’s first sculpture exhibit March 17 through August 26. Curtis works primarily in stone and he often...

Cost: FREE for Garden members; $8 ages 13+, $4 ages 3-12. Kids 2 and under free

Where:
Tulsa Botanic Garden
3900 Tulsa Botanic Drive
Tulsa, OK  74127
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Sponsor: Tulsa Botanic Garden
Telephone: 918-289-0330
Contact Name: Lori Hutson
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 ORU offers a wide variety of summer camps from basketball camp to swimming camp for all ages. For a schedule and list of options visit ORUCES.com/camps.

Cost: Prices Vary

Where:
Mabee Center
7777 S Lewis Ave
Tulsa, OK  74171
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Telephone: 918-495-6000
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Legion LIVE! 2018 is a day-long event filled with live music on two stages, broadcast live to troops around the world! FREE and open to the public, the event raises much-needed funds for the...

Cost: FREE

Where:
American Legion Post 1
1120 E 8th Street
Tulsa, OK  74120
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Sponsor: American Legion Post 1
Telephone: 918-809-3745
Contact Name: Kasey Rideout

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This annual FREE new home showcase is presented by the Home Builders Association of Greater Tulsa and sponsored by Samsung Electronics.  This year’s event will feature more than 150...

Cost: FREE

Where:
, OK


Sponsor: Samsung
Contact Name: Nathan Carter

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Crossing borders are central Consuelo J. Underwood’s artistic practice. In this exhibition inspired by land, politics, and spirit, Underwood speaks to her individual understanding of borders...

Cost: Free

Where:
108 Contemporary
108 E Mathew B. Brady St, Tulsa, OK 74103
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Telephone: 191-889-56302

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Break the rules of conventional museums at the third annual Please Touch the Art exhibit. Mark your calendars for the opening reception Friday, June 1 from 5 - 9 p.m., in conjunction with the Tulsa...

Cost: free and open to the public

Where:
McKeon Center for Creativity
910 S. Boston Ave.
TCC Metro Campus
Tulsa, OK  74119
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Sponsor: McKeon Center for Creativity
Telephone: 918-595-7339
Contact Name: Cindy Barton

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The Oklahoma Swing Syndicate (TOSS) hosts a Swing dance and lessons  The Oklahoma Swing Syndicate (TOSS) is the only UNESCO recognized dance organization in Oklahoma.  We are a 501c3...

Cost: $7

Where:
Community Center - South Minister Presby Church
3500 So Peoria
1/2 west of Peoria, on 35pl behind the church
Tulsa, OK  74102
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Sponsor: The Ok Swing Syndicate
Telephone: 918-450-691
Contact Name: Rita Robbins
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Still I Rise is a dramatic dance-theatre presentation incorporating all elements of Bharatanatyam, some elements of yoga, theatre, spoken word and music. The performance exemplifies the example of...

Cost: $15

Where:
Tulsa Performing Arts Center
110 E 2nd St
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: South Asian Performing Arts Foundation
Telephone: (918) 625 6037
Contact Name: Mohan Kelkar
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Opera in the Ozarks, the nationally acclaimed summer music festival and training program for top emerging opera professionals, celebrates its 2018 Season from June 22 to July 20 with nearly...

Cost: $25

Where:
Inspiration Point
16311 Hwy. 62 West
Eureka Springs, AR  72632
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Shades of White is a play written by Ilan Kozlowski and directed by Rebecca Ungerman.  For mature audiences.

Cost: $18-$20

Where:
John H. Williams Theatre, Tulsa PAC
110 E. Second St.
Tulsa, OK  74103
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