Since my mom was here when we put up our Christmas Tree this year, I spent some time showing off and reflecting on a lot of the ornaments we've collected over the years. We've been married 20 years now, so there are SO MANY ornaments, many of them collected well before we had kids. We have lots of silly ones–a set of Lego ornaments, superheroes wearing Santa hats, and a set of Playmobil ornaments. But there's also a bunch that are very sentimental. Here's a little tour of my favorite Christmas ornaments:
Ornaments from Childhood
Back when my mom retired and downsized her home, my two sisters and I split up the most meaningful ornaments from our childhood to take to our own families. I imagine there was originally a set of twelve of these fake-fruit baskets, but they just say '70's to me and were so memorable as some of the ornaments that we brought out year after year, so I had to have one. We also had a set of Wizard of Oz ornaments, which was one of our favorite movies growing up, so we split them between us. These are so fragile, over 30 years old now!
Some ornaments are from the lean years when we first got married. I made a lot of crafty ornaments and sewed some from fabric scraps. I especially like these angels made from twist paper and a wooden bead. Since then, my kids have contributed a bunch of homemade ornaments during their preschool years.
Pre-kids, I was an elementary school teacher, and one of the gifts I received often were ornaments. I have only held onto a few as mementos of that part of my life, this adorable teddy bear flying a paper airplane, and a sparkly gingerbread man with my name on it. It still weirds out my kids that I was a school teacher. They don't even believe me when I show them my scrapbook albums of those years!
I love the handful of photo ornaments we have on the tree, seeing my kids' faces as toddlers and as they've grown. My absolute favorite is this pewter ornament from Shutterfly that shows the only photo I have of my dad with all three kids. It's a wonderful way to capture his memory.
Not that we need (or have room!) for more ornaments, but this year on a family vacation to Niagara Falls, my kids suggested that a great souvenir of our special trip would be a tree ornament that would bring back those memories. Great idea! I loved spending our souvenir budget this way instead of little knick knacks.
What are some of your favorite Christmas ornaments?
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