Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Tuesday Ten - My Favorite Ornaments

When I was growing up, we always got a real Christmas tree.  David's family did the same thing, so we now carry on the tradition within our family.  Our tree is never a designer tree like the ones you see in magazines.  It's not full of ribbons and delicate glass ornaments.  Instead, it's full of homemade ornaments and memories.  It sparkles with history and every ornament has a story.  For today's Tuesday Ten, I'm sharing ten of my favorite ornaments from our tree.

Since David and I got married in December, we got several Christmas ornaments as gifts.  This one came from a distant relative of mine who actually made this hand-blown glass ornament.  When we first received it, we honestly thought it was a bit tacky.  (It's kind of big and rather heavy.)  However, it has graced our tree for 15 years now.  I have come to love it because it is so unique.  It has traveled with us through several moves and it is truly part of our history.

I just bought this one this year.  I just liked the colors and the swirls.  It is the first ornament I have actually bought for our tree in a very long time.

This is my sweet Megan.  She made this ornament in her Pre-K class.  It is so perfectly her - sparkly, chaotic, and beautiful.

That's a picture of me and my little Emily when she was three.  She looks like such baby.  I'm rarely in pictures, so I love that her preschool teacher captured this one.

When I was taking these pictures, I realized that my Rachel didn't put any of the ornaments with her pictures on the tree this year.  It's a "tween" thing I suppose.  However, this is an ornament she gave me a few years ago.  Their elementary school does a little shop every year where kids can buy very inexpensive gifts for their parents and relatives.  Rachel took such pride in choosing gifts for everyone.

Like most little girls in the 80's, I loved Cabbage Patch Kids and I has several of them.  This is one of two Cabbage Patch Kid ornaments I had as a child.  Now, I hang them both on my tree every year.  They remind me of my childhood and I love them.

There are many snowflake ornaments on our tree.  I love the sparkle they add.  They remind me of the beauty in nature and I always like to see them on the tree.

This ornament was a gift from David's brother and his wife a couple years ago.  It's just pretty and, of course, the "W" represents our family.

This one was another wedding gift.  David and I are not terribly "mushy" romantics, but these little bears are cute and I love the idea that they represent us, sitting atop that heart.

That's me when I was about three years old.  I'm sure I made it in preschool or Sunday School.  I was always on our tree when I was growing up.  My mom has passed it along to me.  My girls like to see me as a "baby" and, again, it reminds me of my childhood and home.


This is the top of our tree which is adorned with an assortment of adorable tree-toppers.  The one with the picture was made by Emily when she was two and that is her little angel face.  The angel with the silver wings was made by Rachel and the one with gold wings was made by Emily.  They both had the same preschool teacher when they were four, so they both made one of these.  The "Christmas Tree" on the very top was made by Megan during her pre-k year.  They may not be the typical, quintessential star tree-topper, but they are just exactly perfect for our tree!

    I'm happy to tell you that, beginning in January, I'm going to be teaming up with Rabia from The Liebers to turn Tuesday Ten into a link up party!!  Each week, we'll be giving you a topic for the coming week.  We hope you will consider writing a post and linking up with us! 
There are just a one day left for you to find a way to spread some hope, peace, joy, and love!! Come back tomorrow, December 18, and link up a post sharing what you did or leave a comment on my post.  I can't wait to read your stories!  Read more HERE.



Janine Huldie said...

Your tree is perfect and like you the homemade pre-school ones from my girls are now seriously my favorites. I seriously can't get enough of seeing their smiling little faces on my tree ever!! :)

Ginnymarie said...

Our tree is very similar! My girls hung up all the ornaments this year, and they had so much fun. It's not the most beautiful Christmas tree, but it's full of memories!

The Dose of Reality said...

Love them all! My 80's self especially loves the Cabbage Patch Doll one! :)-Ashley

Melissa Swedoski said...

Homemade ornaments are the best! We have a paper mache ball that is made with our oldest daughter's birth announcement. It is probably my favorite one.

Stephanie Sprenger said...

I love ornament photos and stories! So sweet,and so beautiful! I must admit I am jealous of the CPK ones! ;)

Lisa @ The Golden Spoons said...

Absolutely! I wouldn't trade then for all the fancy ornaments int he world!

Lisa @ The Golden Spoons said...

Full of memories - yes! I'd argue that makes it even more beautiful! :-)

Lisa @ The Golden Spoons said...

I had to include that one! It is pretty awesome! :-)

Lisa @ The Golden Spoons said...

That is very cool!

Lisa @ The Golden Spoons said...

Ha! They are awesome! I had to include them in the list!

Tamara Bowman said...

I hear you about not having the quintessential tree topper! We have a sci-fi themed one and it's perfect for our family, as you say.
I love the preschool photo ornaments they bring home. Scarlet brought me one on Monday and it nearly made me weep. Our tree has so many special memories. That's why we keep getting such tall ones! We have to have a lot of real estate to hold everything.

Lisa @ The Golden Spoons said...

Ha! Ours isn't as big as yours, but it is certainly full! :-)

Michelle Nahom said...

I love how your ornaments have stories...a lot of ours do too. My husband had an old Snoopy one that he was very sentimental about and a couple years back, one of the dogs got ahold of it. He was so bummed. It's too bad it wasn't salvageable...we could have added to the story. I felt really bad. My husband really loved Snoopy as a kid, and it's one of the few things he had left. I think there's a pillow tucked away in one of the kid's rooms too.

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