As we were decorating the tree, I couldn’t help but think about where I got each ornament the boys were mishandling. So, I thought I’d share a few of my favorites.
I bought this one (and the two coordinating ones) after Christmas one year at Hallmark…so there’s no special story to them, but I for some reason LOVE them. Someday, when I have a “decorative” tree, I plan to have it done in snowflakes.
This is my “baby’s first Christmas” ornament. 1977!
This ornament came from my last trip to Santa Fe, where my aunt and uncle and cousin live…I think it was 11 years ago that I was last there! You stick a light from your tree in the top to make it glow.
I love this one…I bought it in 2001, just a couple of months after September 11th. It just seemed appropriate.
Aside from a few ornaments from my childhood, this is the oldest one on my tree. My friend Karen‘s mom made this for me, and matching ones for Karen’s and my roommates, my junior year of college. I can’t believe it’s still in one piece…every Christmas I think it could be its last, especially since the boys love it!
This one just makes me laugh every time I get it out. My aunt and uncle gave me this the year that Matt and I got engaged. I have a picture of me wearing it as a bracelet!
Luke made this baby Jesus ornament last year at our church’s Family Advent Workshop. He and I had such a good time together that day. I think it’s so cute!
Zach and Michon brought this back for us from Mexico when they went on their honeymoon, and we babysat their pet fish, Dwight. He almost died the first two days he was here…in fact, I nearly flushed him because I was SURE he was dead. Then, he’d just revive himself miraculously!
Oh, this one. This was one of Matt’s from childhood. The head broke off more than once, and was fixed, but at some point, Matt decided that this is a much funnier way to display this ornament. We hang the head by the string, and the body (which is ceramic and has a hole at the neck where it’s broken) just gets shoved onto a branch.
Last year for Christmas, Luke gave me the first present he’s ever picked out on his own. At AWANA, they earn “bucks” to use at the “store”, which is open 3 times a year. At Christmas, the kids are supposed to pick out gifts for their parents at the store. Luke picked this out for me, and then saved it for three weeks until Christmas! When I opened it on Christmas day, I started crying when he said, “I picked this because I thought you would really like it.” So sweet!
Which brings me to these ornaments that we just got on Wednesday night. Bennett couldn’t wait to give Matt and me our Christmas gifts from AWANA. He picked out matching fiber-optic snowmen ornaments! They change colors, and apparently when he was shopping for them, one was green (my favorite color) and one was Matt’s favorite color (blue, I guess?), so that’s why he chose them.
There you have it. Our hodge-podge Christmas tree. If you want to play along, feel free to leave a comment so others can check out your tree!