Christmas Head


Some people unleash their inner six year old as the festive season approaches. You know the type – they deck their halls like they’re competing with the Griswalds and turn up to parties bearing home made ginger bread houses and wearing baubles. My brother, who is known for his colorful turn of phrase, has a name for these festive enthusiasts – Christmas Head. Infact “head” is a convenient suffix denoting any type of enthusiast. He is a sports head, a boat head and a beer head. Dadabulous is a computer head and I’ve lost my head.

Last year I gave the best Christmas Head of my entire life. I spent weeks painstakingly putting together an array of handmade Christmas cards, each with a unique design. This led one friend to comment that I obviously had too much free time and should be put to work pronto. More importantly I hosted the main event at Chez ‘Abulous for both sides of the family. My pork roast with crackling was cracking! The roasted plums in white wine provided a novel twist on the traditional apple sauce. The champagne flowed and I nearly passed out with “exhaustion” after three glasses.

This year I have been put to work for Dadabulous’ business and I took on the small task of starting a blog. Christmas is just another thing to be squeezed into an overladen schedule. Dadabulous and I have got about as much Christmas Head between us as a flat beer. Consequently we outsourced the Christmasification of Chez Abulous to the kids

Dadabulous spent a Christmas break working in Kmart over half a life time ago but his Christmas Head was permanently scarred by the experience. Before kids this reindeer was his one and only concession to the occasion. In terms of Christmas crap, this thing is an antique. He’s had it for over 10 years and it looks like it has worms. Large patches of green plastic fir are missing. Its antlers are pathetically flaccid.

Like this reindeer, Dadabulous' Christmas head is a bit worse for wear.

Like this reindeer, Dadabulous’ Christmas head is a bit worse for wear.

After P1s arrival we decided it was time to get with the programs and purchased this basic but functional Christmas tree from Target. ย We set it up in the play room and let the girls go to town. Here’s the before shot.

We've got the basics covered.


And the after.

P1s artistic interpretation.

P1’s artistic interpretation.

The girls in their infinite wisdom decreed that the toys must have their own tree and so we got this.

It's mini-me.

It’s mini-me.

The decorators are hard at work.

The decorators are hard at work.

P1 also decided that the room needed a Christmas angel. Love Alot the Care Bear was the perfect candidate from casting central. She added a pair of fairy wings with glittery tape and et Voila!

Hark the herald Care Bears sing...

Hark the herald Care Bears sing…

The girl’s request for Christmas lights provided Dadabulous with yet another excuse to go to Bunnings. For the first time in my 42 years I have an illuminated Christmas.

The toy room is Christmabulous.

Our toy room is Christmabulous.

Thanks to the cutting edge design team of P1 and P2, Chez ‘Abulous now exudes Christmas cheer instead of just unpleasant odours. ย No doubt Christmas Heads worldwide will be re-pinning these pieces of decorating porn faster than you can sing “Jingle bells, Batman smells”.

Are you a Christmas Head? If not what kind of Head are you?



Obligatory close up of home made decos.

Obligatory close up of home made decos.


21 thoughts on “Christmas Head

  1. I used to be a massive christmas head, I had more time on my hands then. The whole house was lit up like the proverbial christmas tree. It’s just the humble christmas tree these days and I have lost my treezilla ways, what the hells happening to me? lol

  2. By December I am so over Christmas I pray for December to be over and done with!! Your girls did a great job on your tree!!

  3. I think the fact that I wrote a post on behalf of my christmas tree for the surprise beginning’s ridiculously good looking Monday qualifies me as a Christmas Head ( a big fat christmas head). Next year will put the boys to work.

  4. I like the idea of being a Christmas Head. If I had the time and energy for a magnificent display of colour coordinated lights and a designer trimmed tree I’m sure it would make for a happy place to the spend the season. Unfortunately this year we’re battling between my girls – who want to display their handmade decorations on every available surface – and the youngest family member who likes to eat shiny things. Not sure who’s going to win yet with a few weeks to go!

  5. OMG I thought you said comes WEARING a homemade gingerbread house which got me freaking excited thus proving I am a total Christmas Head. I am so jealous of Care Bear Christmas Fairy Angel or whatever it is. I didn’t even know they still made those suckers! I LOVE IT ALL!

    • If I attempted to construct a ginger bread house I would no doubt end up wearing it. However I put ginger bread in the same category as mince pies – a waste of perfectly good sugar and lard.

  6. A book head and a skate head and a chocoholic head.

    And how rude!! at that person who mentioned you have to much time on your hands – I always think that’s code for, I wouldn’t do that, even if I had the time, or, obviously I am busy and important and you are not. Bah humbug to Rude Head.

    I like handmade Christmassy things and Christmas Heads, even if I’m not always one.

    This year I’m not having Christmas lunch at my place (we’ve hosted it 3 out of the last 5 years), but we’re ‘doing’ Christmas eve and breakfast, so we’ll see how that goes :).

    I loved this post, by the way ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Lovely post. I struggle with Christmas and fake the cheer thing every year for the children. I did make cards for a couple of years, but lost enthusiasm. We put up the lights outside (not trying to win prizes, just enough to make it look festive) every year and I take photos as they dress the tree, and we have all our own traditions like the advent calendar and going xmas light viewing. But if it weren’t for the children I would happily bypass it all, so I think we can safely say I am definitely not a Christmas head! I am a movie head and a reading head, in my younger years I was most definitely a party head, and sometimes I am a studying head, depending on my motivation that week ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Hey now.. I make gingerbread houses! Well I don’t take them to parties for gifts though.

    I make them for teacher gifts. Well it was cool until this year, when everywhere I turn at the shops there are kits for houses and trains and trees, so now I am just annoyed! Mine will still be better.. but Im annoyed!

  9. I think it is fair to say that I am a Christmas head. My house sparkles, with tinsel glitter and light like you wouldn’t believe. I may also a bit prone to some Christmas baking.

    Fairy wishes and butterfly kisses #teamIBOT

  10. I had my Christmas head on last month… now.. its gone.. and I’m a little bah humbug to decorations we don’t own/cant afford… everyone is getting something special from me at Christmas though ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Love the angel and the home made wreaths. Love that you let the kids enjoy the decorating.

  12. I think I’m going to have to steal the phrase ‘Christmas Head’ as I believe I can give some fairly good Christmas head myself ๐Ÿ˜‰ The enthusiasm does wear off pretty quickly though…

  13. We’ve never been big Christmas Heads until our first daughter came along. Now we are gradually getting more festive. I would love to throw myself into it, but baby steps…

  14. We are the furthest you could be from being Christmas Heads…we don’t even have our tree up yet. Every year I say I’m going to get more organised for the twinlets. And every year I crash and burn just as we head into December and think, “Nah. Can’t be arsed…”
    Love your illumination though. Uber pretty!

  15. I nearly spat my cup of tea all over the monitor of my laptop when reading “I gave the best Christmas head….”.
    Um Mah! Just my dirty mind I guess! lol *ahem*
    Your decorating looks fabulous. We have the tree up, and the odd deco here or there, but that’s it. So no, I’m definitely no Christmas Head. Maybe next year when Christmas is going to be at our place ๐Ÿ™‚

    Visiting from #IBOT

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