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Egypt Everywhere

Short post this week, since I’m headed off on vacation.

You know that thing where you hear/see/notice something and then it seems like that thing  is EVERYWHERE? It’s called “Frequency Illusion” or the “Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon.”

And I know it happens to me with Egyptian stuff when I see a billboard that looks like this

And think of this

Barque of pharaoh Khufu.

Now YOU won’t be able to stop seeing the royal barque everywhere…


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Ancient Egypt Everywhere

Last year, I participated in a charitable event here in Utah, called the Festival of Trees. Every year, individuals or organizations volunteer their time and money to design and decorate Christmas trees with a theme of their choice. Others are then able to view (for a nominal fee) or purchase (for the cost of the materials) the trees; all proceeds from the event go to the Primary Children’s Medical Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.

I decided it would be fun to decorate a tree with ancient-Egyptian-themed ornaments–I’ve never seen an Ancient Egypt tree there before, and I figured I was just the person to do it.

Here’s how it turned out.

The finished product--Entitled "Out of Egypt."

I decided to do a table top tree, since decorations for the full-size trees take thousands of dollars and hundreds of man-hours.

I was able to make ornaments out of the plastic figurines from this Egyptian Toob by using hot glue to attach wire to each of the figurines.

You can see two of the figurine ornaments here--a sarcophagus and a set of the pyramids at Giza.

I also purchased both silver- and gold-colored ankh charms to make ornaments out of, since the ankh is one of the most recognizable ancient Egyptian symbols. They were fairly small compared to the other ornaments, but they added some sparkle.

I made ornaments out of the stickers and temporary tattoos from this kit in a similar fashion, by attaching wire to each of them. These were great since they included stickers of famous rulers, museum objects, and scenes from daily life in Ancient Egypt.

See if you can spot an Eye of Horus, a Sarcophagus, a Falcon, some Men Building a Brick Wall, and a bust of Queen Nefertiti.

I also bought some papyrus and used the stencils from the aforementioned kit to make these papyrus ornaments.

Papyrus decorations.

For the top of the tree, I chose a Christmas-themed ornament (since the event is designed for people who purchase Christmas trees). It’s a lovely wooden ornament depicting the Jesus, Mary, and Joseph on their “Flight Into Egypt.”

Rather than a standard tree skirt, I tied together strips of linenesque fabric to imitate mummy wrappings. I was also able to find some really interesting items to display underneath the tree. A kid’s pyramid and sphinx toy and an archaeological pyramid excavation kit (that I was sorely tempted to keep for myself), as well as the leftover papyrus, a set of Egyptian-themed mazes, some God/Goddess figurines, a copy of the book The Egypt Game, and even a king Tut nutcracker.

I was pretty happy with it! What do you think?

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