How or when do you decide to buy or acquire new Christmas tree ornaments or decorations? Do you intentionally go shopping for them? Do you just buy them if you happen to see something that catches your eye? Do you make them yourself? Do you only use ornaments that have been gifted to you?
I have, at one time or another, fallen into each one of those categories. However, the one thing that I am always sure to do each year is to get or make an ornament that has some special meaning to me, in relation to something that happened during that year.
When we had a swimming pool put in our backyard, a friend gave me an ornament of a Santa in a hot tub.
When we moved to a new house, a friend gave me a “Welcome to your New Home” ornament.
We were even gifted an ornament of a Santa at a computer when we got our first computer!
We have the handprints of each grandchild in Plaster of Paris, a moose for the year we moved near Yosemite, and a silly Taco Bell dog that sings Feliz Navidad. We have seashell ornaments from a special trip to the beach, and a beautiful hand-painted disc made out of clay from the Galapagos.
Some of my favorite ornaments are the ones that Jennifer and Brian made for us. Like the coin rubbing Brian made when he was 8, or the little tiny egg carton wrapped in tin foil, tied with a red ribbon, which resembles a bell. We have a picture of Jennifer, surrounded by painted macaroni, and a handpainted angel made out of popsicle sticks.
I’m sentimental. I admit it. I look at each ornament every year, and say out loud where we got it or who gave it to us and why. Sometimes I’m the only one in the room when I am talking, but I do it anyway. I don’t want to forget. I’ve even taken pictures of all of the ornaments to make a photo book out of them one day.
One of my very favorite Christmas tree decorations isn’t a tree “ornament” at all. But I put it in the tree anyway. On a very sturdy branch.
It is a little rubber Santa Claus that belonged to my brother-in-law, Rob (my husband’s brother). He got it when he was about 8 years old, and it was always one of his favorites. He put it out every year, and everyone knew it was his. His favorite.
We lost Rob in 1991, and I was so happy to be gifted with his Santa. So putting his Santa in the tree is just one way that we remember him at Christmas time. Every time I look at this little Santa, I smile and remember Rob.
Here he is… that little Santa… right smack in the middle of MY Christmas Memories.
This isn’t a post about a new kit. This is a post about memories. So I’ll share about the kit on another day.
Do you have any ornaments that are special to you? Any special Christmas decorations? Or holiday traditions? Will you share with us?