Friday, December 6, 2013

Hanging up the faves

I just LOVE decorating Christmas trees. Each year as December rolls around I look forward to getting out our box of ornaments, looking at each one (and reminiscing over the memories I have with them) and then carefully put them on the tree. Although I think the term "carefully" is probably not the correct word to use anymore, since little Liam helped me this year!

I separated the ornaments into two piles right away: 1 pile of fragile/vintage/unsafe/breakables and then 1 pile of completely safe/fun/un-breakables (no glass, no hooks, no fit-in-the-mouth). I hung the "Liam do not touch those" ornaments on the top half of the tree while. And Liam hung his toddler-friendly ornaments on the lower half. What a great deal!

This little boy not only helped me decorate the tree this past Sunday, but he's helped me un-decorate and decorate it AGAIN and AGAIN and AGAIN every day this week. I sit by him when he does it, to make sure he doesn't try to climb the tree (or eat the tree or destroy the tree). 

It's cool to see that he loves decorating the tree as much as his mama does :)

To me, ornaments are a gift that keeps on giving. Every year I get to look at them & enjoy them. And each one has it's own unique story. Here are some photos of my favorite ornaments that I've been gifted/given or made myself over the years:

Matt, Liam and I made these last year and gave them to Liam's grandparents & godparents as gifts. And of course we saved one for our tree! It cracked a little while in storage, but I'm keeping this thing as long as it will let me!

When I had an art studio in St. Petersburg at The Art Lofts I made a bunch of ornaments out of wood and paper scraps. I sold them at a Christmas art event. I still have a few left. This one (and the one below) are my favorites).

Here's another ornament with Florida memories! I bought this at a really cool pottery place in St. Pete called St. Pete Clay. All of the ornaments there were handmade by local artists.
I gave this to Matt as a gift a couple of years ago. This is pretty self explanatory. Matt likes beer.

My mom gave this to us the first Christmas after we were married.
My mom gave this to me (and one to each of my brothers) the Christmas after my dad died. That was THE hardest Christmas I've ever experienced. But this star, which I hang at the very top of the tree every year, also represents the presence my dad still has each day in my life.  I know that he's like a star watching over my family and I :)

Liam's first Christmas ornament. Very dear to my heart.
My mom gave me a box of childhood oldies to pick through and keep a few years back. This Strawberry Shortcake ornament is pretty dang old - I got it as a little girl from my grandma & grandpa. 

We also picked through some boxes of vintage ornaments of Matt's Grandma's. I just love the history and look of these. Someone else's memories are now hanging on our tree.

Matt's family is VERY German (like 100% German background), so every year Matt's parents have been giving us a German-style ornament for Christmas. These are two of my faves. what is YOUR favorite ornament from your childhood? That you've made yourself? That you've been gifted? Please share!

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