There is a story behind the decorating of the boys’ bedroom for Christmas this year…well perhaps even two stories… Let’s begin with the first one.
Our middle child, Jonathan, has always had a “thing” for bicycles. He gets it honestly from his mom. I love bicycles and even have an entire Pinterest board devoted to them….not because I ride them. I just think the ones I am most drawn to are wonderful works of nostalgic art. Jonathan actually rides them. 🙂
When he was 8 years old we were shopping in a bike store. We were looking around at all the various bicycles they had when we both suddenly stopped and stared. There on display were several newly reissued Schwinn Stingrays. Do you remember the Stingray with its banana seat? In that shop was a purple Grape Krate, an Orange Krate, and a red Apple Krate. They were all things of beauty to both of us, and I bet you can guess which one came home with us for Jonathan’s birthday present. Yes, that red Apple Krate.
Although it didn’t have the “shifter” like the original ones did, he still proudly rode it all over our driveway here and up and down my parents’ loooong driveway as well. We have kept that bicycle all these years, and when Jonathan finishes law school and has a place of his own he will move it to his own home…and perhaps have someone to pass it down to one day. Until then, we are happy to house it here. 🙂
Keep that bicycle in mind as I tell you Story #2…
The same year of the Apple Krate bicycle puchase, I ran across a book that was perfect for any boy age 8 to 11 – which at the time included both of our sons. (Girls might enjoy the book as well.)
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Written by Berkeley Breathed, (with his typical outlandish artwork) Red Ranger Came Calling is a story based on one the author’s father told him every Christmas Eve. It is the tale of a young boy, Red (short for his hero Red Ranger from Mars) who wants a Buck Tweed red bicycle for Christmas, but Red does not believe in Santa. Nevertheless, he goes to visit a hermit on the island where he lives – a hermit that has been rumored to be the retired Santa Claus. I won’t spoil the ending and tell you more than that, but it is a sweet sweet story of believing in something and finding strength within yourself, and it all revolves around an unlikely friendship and a red bicycle. Both of our sons thoroughly loved the book as well as all my 3rd grade students to whom I read it aloud. And let me just say, the ending will make you gasp. 🙂
Now that you know both stories I had in mind, let’s move on to the decorating. When I decorate for Christmas, I want to have a nativity to reflect the true meaning of the holiday, and that is usually the decor for our screened porch. I also want other spaces to give a wink and a nod to whimsy and the nostalgia of the season, and that is precisely what I wanted to do with our sons’ bedroom this year. With the Red Ranger book and the Apple Krate bicycle, I decided to use red bicycles in every space I could in there.
The desk area not only has the Red Ranger book, but it also has gifts adorned with red bicycles (from Hobby Lobby).
Above the bed is a wreath with a bicycle carefully wired on. (The bike was found by my mom and spray painted Rustoleum’s Sunrise Red by me.)
Now the real fun was the little Christmas tree. 🙂
I already owned several red bicycle ornaments, so those quickly were hung on it, and I made several copies of the cover of the book on cardstock. I cut out the “newspaper article” that was pictured and placed the copies around the tree.
A few more model bicycles were found at Hobby Lobby. They weren’t ornaments, but I put them on the tree anyway. They looked so much like Jonathan’s Apple Krate, I couldn’t resist!
Finally, over 20 years ago in our previous home I had a Santa tree full of a variety of Santa ornaments. One year, I decided to get rid of many of them, and I gave most of them to my mother. (I did keep one for our tree here.) As I was looking at the Red Ranger book, I thought the wooden Santa on the cover looked a lot like some of the ornaments that I had years ago. My mother’s recent Christmas trees have been decorated with mostly white and silver ornaments, but I asked her to see if she had any of those old wooden ones left in her boxes of Christmas things. Sure enough, the other day we found 5 of them packed away! So I brought them back home with me and added them to the boys’ tree. (Sorry, I took the photos for today’s post before adding those 5 additional ones.) See if you don’t think my wooden Santa looks a lot like the one on the cover. 🙂
And that completes the Christmas decorating in the boys’ bedroom… and in all of the bedrooms.
Next up we will move into the foyer and the family room…
complete with our big family Christmas tree. 🙂
I hope you have a fun weekend in store. There are quite a few Christmas home tours around our state this weekend, and I hope we get to attend at least one of them. I have spent today working in front of our fireplace. Whatever you are doing this weekend, I hope you stay warm!
Until next time…