I go back and forth on the secular Christmas extrava-ghan-za. It is a religious holiday for me, but I love really good design wherever I find it, and I love over-the-top tackiness. That is, self-aware tack. Christmas has both in abundance. I guess I just don’t like middle-of-the-road half-assed design. There is a lot of that around Christmas, and often I am asked to admire it. Good manners force me to say things like, “What a tree that is! You must have worked so hard on it.”
These tied-wire sculptures by Ruth Asawa are not actually Christmas decorations. However, they are so beautiful and light, so transcendent of their humble materials, that I think they make a perfect Christmas star.