Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Gone with the Wind, Christmas Tree Version

When we were pulling out the Christmas ornaments to decorate the tree, my dear daughter paid me the highest complement. She said, "Look Mommy! Grandma has an ornament of you!"
She held up this:

I can assure you that I don't own a dress like that, nor have I ever worn red lipstick, but yes, honey, that's mommy!

Well actually it's none other than Scarlett O'Hara Hamilton Kennedy Butler.
My most favorite of literary characters in my most favorite of books.

Now, if there are any of you out there who have not read Gone with the Wind, stop what you are doing and correct that immediately. Stop reading this post, postpone Christmas, cancel New Years, go read the book.
Your kids might not be happy, but you will thank me later.

As much as I like to poke fun at Pat the Bunny for all of our differences her weirdness, this is one area in which we are in complete agreement. How do I know that she likes Gone with the Wind as much as I do?

Well she told me, silly.
That, and her tree is covered in these:

Oh and look at her here...
Ready to take on the world,  one man-sized candy cane at a time. Don't you find the non-peppermint kind to be the most delicious? I'm sure Scarlett does, she's just a non traditional kind of gal.

When she got to this one, Alex said-- "It's me and Daddy!"

But of course, it's Rhett with his little Bonnie Blue. Naturally I can understand the confusion, as Alex's Daddy is also talk, dark, and handsome. Though he doesn't pull off the mustache in quite the same manner. Rhett's manages to avoid the look that says "I'm walking around a playground with a leash but no puppy."

And here's one I like to call "Indecent Proposal"

Proposing to a woman in widow's mourning. Oh, that scoundrel.

And here with Ashley, who doesn't hold a candle to Rhett Butler.

Don't you want to just shake her?! Stop it Scarlett, he isn't worth it!

This ornament reenacts the jailhouse scene with audio and moving parts:

And this one. This one is my favorite.

 This type of passion should not be allowed to be displayed on a family Christmas tree. I have to hide in the back lest the children ask why he is carrying her away and I am forced to tell them that he's taking her to the bedroom.

Oh, the romance.

Josh? Are you out there? Come home soon. I need some romance in my life.

And this one I call, Happily Ever After.

Hey, it's my Christmas tree (kind of) and I can make any ending I'd like. So there.

And that ends this evening's production of "Gone with the Wind", as told by Pat the Bunny's Christmas tree.


js said...

I thought "Gone with the Wind" was a movie.

The Lumberjack's Wife said...

Love it! :) I have never read the book, but love the movie. :) Hope you get some romance soon! Haha1

Erin said...


Read the book. ;)

js said...

I actually didn't know it was made into a movie; I just wanted to see how offended you would get.

Rachel said...

Once, Collin saw a picture of Jennifer Aniston and said, "Mommy, you look beautiful." I decided he's a keeper at that point. So, I understand the flattery of children and how that ornament may be mistaken for you when you just throw yourself together :) And, I promise to make it past the first 50 pages next time I pick that book up. I should be able to, right? I'm a lit major.

Jen McD said...

Never read the book OR seen the movie. I'm not sure I can trust your opinion since you despise Love Actually ;-)

Admit it's greatness and I'll think about starting the book in Jan. 2010.

Erin said...

I've read Gone with the Wind and the sequel. I've never seen the movie. I should find a copy of those......they would be good am hours reading material.

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas, Erin. Your blog is one of my favorite things on the internet! I hope you have a great time enjoying the day with your kiddos.


Dana said...

I LOVE GONE WITH THE WIND!!!! To all of Erin's friends: I agree, postpone the holidays until that book is read. I just re-read it again last Christmas for the 10th time.
I never fail to cry like a baby everytime that Bonnie gets on that horse....
You go girl for remembering all her last names :)
I have even thought about naming my kid Scarlett if I were to have a girl! And the next one Anne with an e of course...

Langford Family said...

Erin, I've never read the book, but love the movie. I'll take your advice and read it, since I'm sure it's better than the movie (they always are). Miss you, Friend. I want you to come home, but I'll miss PtB stories. I feel like I know her!

Nicole said...

The book is SO much better and the sequel although written by a different author is a nice compliment to the book. Erin, I have the sequel on VCR tapes if you want to borrow them (and have a working VCR). I think it's much better than the crappy movie version of Gone w/ the Wind - they left out way too much. I'm almost tempted to go buy myself the copies and start reading them again. Maybe that will be my NYE plans! ;-)
...oh and Love Actually is an awesome movie...you just have to get past some of the odd folks in it!

Carol-Anne (Use the Good Dishes!) said...

This post reminded me that when my son was little, he saw a magazine with Heather Locklear on the cover and said, "Look Daddy, there's a picture of Mommy!" Gotta love that!

Loved both the book and the movie and re-read/watch, both, every couple of years. Enjoy!