What's your strangest Christmas tree decoration?

(24 Posts)
fuzzpig Sun 29-Sep-13 08:38:21

A little ceramic Starbucks takeaway cup.

I tell myself it's to remind us of the commercialism of Christmas... but I just liked it and it was cheap grin

PoppyWearer Fri 27-Sep-13 23:05:33

We don't have a gherkin/pickle but we do have a Christmas chilli.

We bought one in Arizona and the attached blurb says it's "traditional" to hide the chili on the tree and then hunt for it. Our DCs enjoy it anyway! grin

forcookssake Fri 27-Sep-13 22:22:04

I have a Stig head, made out of soap. Still shrink wrapped, never used as a soap-on-a-rope. It has red cord coming out the top of the crash helmet, so clearly I'm going to hang it on my tree!!

ilovevenice I think it is actually 'a thing' - Christmas pickle/gherkin - that shop assistant wasn't pulling your leg grin

WaitingForMe Fri 27-Sep-13 21:29:35

Knitted strips of bacon that smell like bacon.

Obviously.

EddieVeddersfoxymop Fri 27-Sep-13 13:19:48

We have a giant, silver, glittery..............wait for it.......pomegranate. <not what you thought I was going to say, huh>

My dad gave us it when we got our own place after getting married, and it's stayed with us for every year.

Grotbagstwin Fri 27-Sep-13 13:02:04

Not so much a tree decoration but at my mums every year we decorate a brussel tree (what brussel sprouts grow on) the angel on the top is a picture of my brother holding the first brussel tree.
Yep we are one odd family.

NewBlueShoesToo Fri 27-Sep-13 12:59:23

The darling PTA came up with the idea that each child should make a little laminated tree decoration to go on the school tree with a sentence saying something they would wish for the world. One boy in my class wrote.." I wish people would stop cutting down trees". grin

Cravey Fri 27-Sep-13 12:52:25

Flamingos. Huge bright pink and sparkly and also several glass ones. It's my American heritage. That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it.

ilovevenice Fri 27-Sep-13 01:34:44

We have a glass gherkin which I bought in Indiana. I seem to recall the lady in the shop telling me that every tree should have a gherkin , but that's marketing for you...
It's got a red bow and everything!

prissyenglisharriviste Fri 27-Sep-13 01:31:12

Flip flops, two chillis, a highland cow, and a cactus.

Actually, our entire tree is fairly eclectic. No masturbating monkeys though...

wibblyjelly Fri 27-Sep-13 01:28:01

I'm loving the tea bag, although 80'smum has won, I think! Where did you get it from? as I must have one of my own

ICameOnTheJitney Thu 26-Sep-13 22:46:26

Some unsnapped crackers from the 50s. I love them...they're so fancy!

NoComet Thu 26-Sep-13 22:43:34

We also had ancient chocolate decorations that must have been on Nan's tree for twenty years, we were always very careful to eat the new ones grin

LegoCaltrops Thu 26-Sep-13 22:42:14

A crocheted monkey. It's not masturbating though...

DurhamDurham Thu 26-Sep-13 22:40:52

A tea bag, it's v old but unused. Twenty year old DD 'made' it for the tree when she was 3 and we have placed it on the tree every Christmas. It goes at the back now. Right at the back.

DaddyPigsMistress Thu 26-Sep-13 22:40:34

Not sure if anyone can beat that 80's!

PractialJoke Thu 26-Sep-13 22:40:33

My great Aunt has some chocolate decs on her tree that my mum remembers from her childhood. They're very ornate with a plasticy surround and foil covered chocolate balls in the middle. They must be at least 55 years old!

Do you think they're worth taking to the Antiques Roadshow?

80sMum Thu 26-Sep-13 22:39:06

I have a miniature masturbating monkey! Do I win? grin

DaddyPigsMistress Thu 26-Sep-13 22:38:35

Ooh we have a bristly hedgehog too! And a squirrel from wilkinsons last year. Dh brought them home and we were all 'wtf do squirrel have to do with christmas?!'

PoppyWearer Thu 26-Sep-13 22:37:21

We have a real assortment of oddities. I love unpacking it all every year and bringing back fond memories.

DaddyPigsMistress Thu 26-Sep-13 22:36:04

We have an easter bunny on top of our tree. My then 3 yr old stepson made it at nursery for us, he got his holidays mixed up. We didnt have the heart to tell him so we put it on top, pride of place.

Hes 14 now but we still put it up every year and its certaintly a conversation piece

BTW, I love looking at other people's trees and seeing ones that don't really fit in but obviously mean something to that family smile

A knitted London guardsman. Or a bristly hedgehog. Both courtesy of MIL grin

wibblyjelly Thu 26-Sep-13 22:29:50

We have an ornament shaped like a rubber duck, but it may be replaced as the strangest one by the plastic jellyfish we bought recently at our local sea life centre. I don't think it's meant to be an actual decoration, but it has some looped string at the top of it, so I thought 'why not?' grin
What's your oddest decoration?

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