Growing up, my sister and I loved decorating the tree. We arranged and rearranged the ornaments over and over again. It was a game for us, and one Mom didn’t seem to mind.
In my single years, I didn’t have the space or I wasn’t interested in the fuss. One of my favorite memories from my first year of marriage was reviving that tradition. Together we bought a small tree and a few ornaments, then posed for a dozen pictures in front of the decorated tree.
When our boys came along, we added to that tradition: they each choose one ornament a year. I document them in a journal; what they choose and why. It’s interesting to mark the passage of time each year, as we unwrap all our little treasures.
Our assortment of baubles is an eclectic one. Hanging from the branches you’ll find a Star Trek Phaser, Batman, Tweety Bird and an articulated metal seahorse. My hope is to pass on their collection of ornaments when they start life as adults away from home.
Garden Meets Tree
In the meantime, we’ve amassed our own collection through gifts, travel and events. Here are my garden-themed favorites:
Watering Can Ornaments, a gift from my sister-in-law
Birch and Maple autumn leaves dipped in gold, a gift from Mom
Teacup with flowers from a dear friend (tea and flowers in one)!
The newest addition: A miniature button Christmas Tree (from a talented, kindred soul)
Do you celebrate Christmas? If so, what do you hang on your tree?