November 30, 2004


I mentioned below that most of our ornaments are relatively unbreakable. Other than that some also belong to certain collections of ornaments. By which I don't mean Hallmark collections. We have a moose and caribou collection -- with some other woodland creatures thrown in for good measure. I seem to have picked up a lot of snowflakes and stars along the way and my husband has several airplanes.

Some of the ornaments are just pretty, but have no special significance other than the memories of a trip to Target. Others I love hanging up because of some association. There is the moose we got at Glacier National Park and the Buffalo from Yellowstone. The bell I won at a church Christmas party in Fairbanks. The two leather moose from Fairbanks, which we don't quite remember how we got two of. Some old fashioned Santas that my husband's grandmother gave us right after we got married are hanging up and well loved by the kids. Two special ornaments are my son's, given to him by a sweet old lady who died last January, but whom my son always took the time to say hello to and brighten her day. And then there is the B-2 bomber ornament I found for my husband knowing he'd enjoy it, that a friend later teased us about saying, "Nothing says peace and goodwill towards men like heavy artillery and bombs."

What's on your tree and what do you think about as you hang things up?


Erm, I am the Great Satan of Button Rock Drive (in the Islamic sense, you understand) and stopped having a tree in the house about five years ago. I _will_ put up a wreath and probably cut out some snow flakes. It also pleaseth me to drabe (substitute a "p" for a "b" in that last word; your filter filters MUCH *grin*) white lights amongst the heavily pruned bushes. ;-)

Posted by: Patricia at November 30, 2004 05:27 PM

My parents downgraded to a halfsize tree and gave us all but the smallest of their ornaments, so most of what's on our tree are the same mish-mash that I grew up with. Even though many are old enough that I don't remember where they came from, they carry many memories of childhood Christmases. I'd say over half of them are a true red, so although they're made of all sorts of materials and come in a wide variety of shapes, they do go together pretty well.

Posted by: nina at December 1, 2004 04:44 PM

What a great post and what a great question. I love that moment when I open the ornament box after the tree is up and the lights strung. There is such a sense of joy as I rediscover my favorite ornaments along with the memories associated with each. I've noticed that my son Ron has the same reaction. When I first put up a tree, I bought a white porcelan angel and loved it so much I decided I would decorate my tree them. I never did make the big investment but I have about five beautiful delicate angels. I have several antique flocked glass ornaments given to me by an elderly friend. We have several "Nutcracker" ornaments purchased at the ballet by my sons. They were six years old the first time I took them to the Nutcracker. The orchestra put them on the edge of their seats as they never imagined such music and the dancing left them agape. We teach second grade Sunday School so we have a collection of ornaments given to us over the years by our students. And of course the homemade ornaments that the boys brought home all through grade school. Yes it is a mishmash and I'm sometimes envious of the beautiful themed trees but not for long. I decorate my tree with love.

Posted by: Earth Girl at December 2, 2004 10:42 AM