Wednesday, December 8, 2010

A Few of Our Special Christmas Ornaments

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Every year I love taking out the ornaments to hang on our Christmas tree, especially as the kids ask where the ornaments are from and why we have them. The majority of our ornaments all have a fun story or reason behind them and they always bring back a flood of memories.

This past weekend we hauled our tree up from the basement. Yes, fake Christmas trees are the best trees and you can read about the Great Praying Mantis Tree Incident that spurned that choice}.

decorating the Christmas tree

I love the ceramic ornaments that a friend in high school gave me to help me ‘grow’ my Christmas ornament collection. The same year she gave me this gingerbread man, she also gave me a teeny cow and star…hidden somewhere in my tree. We exchanged ornaments for years ~ so much fun to see them each year. :)

gingerbread man ornament

When I was in the 5th grade, I painted this sled ornament at school as part of a project and it’s been on my tree every year.

sled ornament

One of my favorite ornaments is a memory from a trip we took to Holland a little more than 9 years ago ~ tiny wooden shoes. It was the last time I saw my Oma, since she died Christmas Eve of that same year.

wooden shoes ornament

Last year my mom gave me a few that used to hang on our Christmas tree when we were growing up ~ tiny wooden angels on a delicate gold thread.

angels ornaments

What special ornaments do you have hanging on your tree? Do you have special traditions when decorating your tree?

I would LOVE to see some of your ornaments and hear the stories behind them!! If you want to write a post on your blog and share pictures of your favorites, link up below. Feel free to grab a button to add to your post {coding can be found in my sidebar}. The linky will be open until December 18th, so start linking!

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9 comments:

  1. Those are very cool ornaments. I wish I had some ornaments from my childhood, but those are all on my parents second tree.

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  2. Beautiful ornaments, Jolanthe! I actually have some of those tiny Dutch shoes, too, only mine are red. They were a souvenir to my grandma from a trip that my parents took~I received them last year when she died. They're so sweet.

    P.S. I think you have the prettiest *fake* tree that I've seen! Love it!

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  3. We had little angels like that when I was growing up, too.

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  4. What beautiful memories! Thank you for sharing and hosting the link up. Christmas ornaments have been something I've loved for as long as I can remember.

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  5. I love reading the sweet stories behind Christmas ornaments. I know those wooden shoes are so special to you and I love the ceramic gingerbread man.

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  6. Those little shoes are adorable! I love the memories on our Christmas trees!

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  7. Those little shoes are adorable! I love the memories on our Christmas trees!

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  8. Beautiful ornaments, Jolanthe! I actually have some of those tiny Dutch shoes, too, only mine are red. They were a souvenir to my grandma from a trip that my parents took~I received them last year when she died. They're so sweet.

    P.S. I think you have the prettiest *fake* tree that I've seen! Love it!

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  9. Those are very cool ornaments. I wish I had some ornaments from my childhood, but those are all on my parents second tree.

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