Saturday, December 23, 2017

The Sherlock Holmes Tree

For the first time in 25 years I’ve put up my Sherlock Holmes tree. When I was married to my first husband, we had a large house with a guest room that was done in a Sherlock Holmes theme. Among the things in that room was my miniature re-creation of Holmes’s sitting room at 221B Baker Street, on top of which, every December, I would erect a small tree, and cover it with Sherlock Holmes theme ornaments.
I always enjoyed that tree, and was amazed at how many Sherlock Holmes ornaments I had. When the word got out that I liked Sherlock, people would make me, or scour the earth for, Sherlock Holmes ornaments to add. So, this tree has a lot of history to it.
 It felt so good to put it up this year. The house I lived in with Mr. O-P was too small to have a place for it. So, for the time we spent at that house, the ornaments, and my miniature Baker Street were stored away. It did good things to my soul to get everything out this year. And, as long as I am in an upright position, that Sherlock Holmes tree is going to go up every year.
In fact, I already have plans to make some ornaments of my own to add to the tree next year, and share with others of like mind.
The Sherlock Holmes ornaments are easy to recognize, although some ornaments may not make obvious sense to those who don't know the Sherlock Holmes stories well.
The red bicycle, for example, is to represent The Adventure of the Solitary Cyclist.
The goose represents the lone Christmas story in the canon The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle.
The old man (who is really Ebenezer Scrooge), reminded me so much of Sherlock playing the old bookseller in The Adventure of the Empty House, that I had to take it off of my Dickens tree and put him on my Sherlock tree. I like him here.
I don't as yet have a hound of the Baskervilles, but I do have a pipe (though not a calabash), and I need to add a Persian slipper. This tree is going to grow in years to come, not in size but in volume.
 For those of you who are as passionate about things as I am about Sherlock, you might consider having your own themed tree. They’re a lot of fun to put together, and always draw lots of comments and interest from family and friends.

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Raquel said...

Love this tree. I love all things Sherlock. Looking forward to any ornaments you may share! Merry Christmas!

Cee Pluse said...

This tree is amazing! I would never have thought one could find so many Sherlock-themed ornaments. I am a big fan of Sherlock Holmes, and also Charles Dickens (when I am up for it I like to read The Pickwick Papers at Christmas) - I would love to see your Dickens tree as well! When I do put up a tree it always has a Dalmatian theme as I am a Dalmatian fanatic, but maybe it's time for me to consider adding smaller tree with a different theme. Enjoy the holidays, Pattie!

Rustown Mom said...

What a unique and interesting tree! Makes me want to read more Sherlock Holmes, too...

Thelma said...

I love your tree. It's so nice to see a different and unique tree. You have a nice collection of Sherlock ornaments. It is so nice that you kept them all these years.

Thanks for sharing.
I'd like to see your Dickens tree also.
Merry Christmas

sandy said...

wow, so fun to see photos of that tree - it looks great! I wouldn't know at this point what I might have for a theme - maybe it would be a zebra tree. I put up small trees, in fact, i have three table size trees sitting around. But they are just for my husband and I - we don't entertain here in the mountains as the kids and grandkids are too far away and the one that lives closer is still down the mountain - so that is where we are going tomorrow. Have a great Christmas Eve and day - your house must look AMAZing.

Pattie @ Olla-Podrida said...

Years ago when I lived in a very large house, I put up a Christmas tree in every room, including the rooms of both of my sons. What this amounted to was my putting up nine trees every season. I loved it, and I had a lot of storage space, so I could keep each tree and its decorations in each room in which it was to be erected. When I married my second husband, we moved into a house that was 100+ years old and had no storage, so this became impossible. Now, in my new home, I'm bringing that old tradition back again and I love it! said...

This is too adorable for words Pattie! Insanely creative! Merry Christmas!!

Marigene said...

Awesome tree...can't wait to see it next year with new additions. I love the pipe ornament.