Friday, December 12, 2008

down memory lane

We don't do themes at our house. At least not for Christmas. The one year we tried a "color" theme, the kids were very disappointed and wanted their old ornaments back the next year. So our tree is basically a hodge podge of memories.



I suppose I should also mention that I don't particularly like decorating for Christmas. Sometimes it seems like an awful lot of work for such a short time. (Of course, once it's all finished, I love it. Until it's time to put it all away again.)



What makes putting ornaments on the tree bearable (I make it sound like it's a chore like picking mushy walnuts up out of the yard on a cold fall day.) is recalling the memory behind each ornament. Of course, we have the regular standard ornaments but some ornaments have especially sweet memories attached to them.

This was our first ornament as a dating/engaged couple in 1986. Eons ago.

This was the ornament we got to celebrate our 1st Christmas as a married couple. (I had a thing for precious moments at the time.)We were so excited to celebrate our first Christmas that we put our little tree up in October and covered it with so many ornaments that it kind of leaned to one side. But it was cute. This was one of the many ornaments that we added to our collection that year.The next Christmas, our baby girl was 6 months old and of course she had to have a "first" Christmas ornament.

Four years later, we welcomed a little boy to our house and this was his special ornament. (He also has a turtle ornament and his very first Sunday School ornament that still hang on our tree.)

So tell me, what memories do your Christmas ornaments hold?

4 comments:

annie's eyes said...

I pulled out the ones with the kids preschool pictures pasted in a green felt wreath with a red felt bow and smile at the thought. I love the old timey clothespin reindeer that have the eyes that jiggle. And I especially love the ones that have a date and their love stamped all over it. More what Christmas is about than most of what I encounter now. Sleep well and awaken with joy tomorrow. I wished you could sleep in. Love you, Annette

Ang baylis said...

My favorites are the ones my kids made. I really like one that I got from a family on our mission trip. The lady gave me a small bottle and I made it into an ornament. I was just searching for one for my husband since this was the year he opened his vet practice and he was voted best vet in the area. I found one at Hallmark and it was a dog singing, "Bad to the Bone". I thought it was perfect. Unfortunately they had to bring one from another store and I'll get it tomorrow. Aren't you glad you asked? I love the ornaments with memories like yours! I loved seeing your special ornaments!!
Love you,
Angie xoxo

Abbasgirl said...

One of my favorites is a mercury glass house, I no longer hang it because it has become very fragile. It was red, is now burgundy, my grandmother bought it in 1934 to celebrate my father's birth. She bought a special ornament for each child.

Hope you are rested!

Love, Annette

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