Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Our Christmas Tree Full-o-Memories

O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree, how lovely are your branches! I absolutely love Christmas trees... all kinds...little ones, fancy ones, rustic ones, real ones and even artificial ones. I drool over the beautiful trees in department stores and adore trees with a theme. However, my Christmas trees have always been a collection of mismatched, homemade and sentimental ornaments. Today, I thought I'd show you our Christmas Tree Full-o-Memories.
It's not like those you'll see in the magazines, or even those beautiful trees on other blogs. No, it's our crazy little tree that is chock full of homemade ornaments, ones that were given to us, and ones that we picked up at each place we've taken vacations together as a family.
I've tried to get an ornament for my children each year that reflects whatever their interests or hobbies are at that time. There have been musical notes, sports themes, and Hallmark Keepsakes ornaments too.
So, they each have their own box of ornaments that they will one day take with them to put on their own trees when they move out...not that we will ever let that happen ;-)
I love putting their creations from when they were little on the tree too. This star was done by my son in preschool and the red garland...he finger-knitted that a couple of years ago. I taught him how to knit with his fingers and gave him some yarn. I thought he'd get bored and quit after a couple of feet, but he kept going and going. We ended up with probably 15-20 feet of this and I didn't have a clue what to do with it. Christmas was getting close and it dawned on me to put it on the tree for a garland. I love the pop of color and he feels pretty proud that something he made is displayed on the tree. Win-win!
The large angel was made by my daughter and will always have a place on the tree too. It's colorful and sparkly, just like her personality. The two turtle doves were made by my mom, Moni. I've even tucked some poofy angels, made by my mother and I, near the center of the tree to try to hide pole in the middle. There are crocheted snowflakes that I purchased for my first Christmas tree as an adult and souvenir ornaments from the places we have vacationed also.
Besides the handmade ornaments, these German glass ornaments are a prized possession. My MIL gave them to me for Christmas a year or two before she passed away. They are so beautiful, shiny and delicate...a little too delicate perhaps. My favorite ornament in the bunch succumbed to breakage last year. Unfortunately, this year the prized pickle ornament met its demise as well. I'll have to try to find a replacement for it, as the kids love the game where it's hidden and they have to find it.
So, now you've seen our Christmas tree and been down Memory Lane with me. I know it's not everyone's cup of tea, but to me, it's the most beautiful tree in the world. It's full of the handicrafts of those I love and the memories of special times throughout the years. Tell me about your tree. Do you have a new theme each year? Is yours showroom quality or is it like mine, just a sweet collection of memories? Thanks for stopping by! I love it when you visit.

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6 comments:

  1. Can we switch trees?? Your tree is beautiful with all of the sweet ornaments ...sweet memories. I love it! xo

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  2. Our Christmas tree looks alot like your family's tree filled with lots of love and memories from the past. I love it when my adult children stand at our tree recalling why a certain ornament means so much to them. I just can't go with the trend of having a new themed tree each year and it seems you can't either. Christmas to me is a time to share wonderful memories and a tree like yours is just perfect for that. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  3. I visiting my neighbor from Thrifty Decor Christmas tree party, I love you tree filled with love and memories, I often decorate with items from my mind, or at least with her in mind, she love Christmas so. Your German Christmas ornaments are so very pretty. Happy Holidays!

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  4. Your tree is perfectly lovely, and perfect! Trees should be about memories, as yours is.

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  5. Memory trees are my favorite. It is so much fun getting out all the ornments and remembering where they all came from. Yours is beautiful.

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  6. I love your tree! It's like my childhood tree. Yes, the ornaments are mismatched, but each one is chocked full of memories. I hope to have the same for my kids. Thank you for sharing yours! I think its better than all those manufactured, perfect trees.

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