Thursday, December 01, 2005

"A rotating tree stand...

My Kingdom for a rotating tree stand!"

Okay, let's be honest. Not much of a kingdom these days.

In a recent (last year) decision, MLW and I decided to alternate "being in charge" of Xmas. I made this suggestion, because we have what would tactfully be described as "two, divergent styles" when it comes to Xmas decoration. She has what might be referred to as a "subdued, understated, and tasteful" style, whereas I have a "colorful, blinking, spinning, if it sitting still it will have lights on it and what do I care if it might induce a seizure by looking at it" style.*

To be fair, this is only the first year I'm trying this, so I really can only go by my family's reputation on the matter, which is fabled in story and song ("The 12 Pains of Christmas" by the Bob Rivers Comedy Group) and legend amongst my NJ friends. While we can't and won't have that much Xmas stuff here -- we simply lack the space and don't have a free-standing house the way my parents do -- I did want to try a few things differently than the "compromised manner" in which MLW & I have been decorating up until now. I even let her go first last year. (I also pointed out that after we each had a try, we could bag the alternating idea if she didn't like it).

So, anyway, long story longer than it needed to be, I need a rotating tree stand. And I haven't the faintest clue where to find one down here. Tried a bunch of usual places: Target, Home Depot, the entirety of Pentagon City Mall. Suggestions from local readers appreciated. (Snide remarks not-so-much, but largely expected.)

* = actual descriptions vary dependent on who is doing the describing.

5 comments:

Jado said...

Use a regular tree stand on a giant lazy susan.

If nothing else, it will be comedy gold when Loki hits it and spins uncontrollably, flinging decorations and ornaments and evil little cats willy-nilly around the room...

Wow. That would be great. Do it, and I'll pay you for the video

JAM said...

Heh. That's a funny image.

JAM said...

Oh, and for the record, I tried the entirety of Landmark Mall (including Sears and Hechts), Big K-Mart, and MLW has tried a garden center. So I'm running out of ideas...

Insidious Mr. Huge said...

I was gonna suggest a garden center (a la "Fountains of Wayne") but I see you've already tried that. There are a couple out here that are large. Would you like me to stop by and see if they've got one? Also, how about Home Depot?

JAM said...

I tried Home Depot already, but you are welcome to look in any local garden center type places you have out there in the "hinterlands."

There's a possible line on one at JC Penney's that I need to follow up on if MDFA hasn't already.