One of my favorite things about Christmas is bringing out all of our Christmas tree ornaments (also called “tree bling”). Every Christmas my husband, son and I give each other an ornament…it’s our little family tradition. We started this when my son was born 12 years ago and now he has quite an awesome ornament collection with some seriously nice (read expensive) ornaments. I decided that when he is 34 years old, I will relinquish the collection to him. I figure that’s a good, safe, responsible age.
Each year after we pick out our Christmas tree at the Christmas Tree Farm, we pull out all of the boxes full of tree bling and start decorating the tree. Almost every ornament holds a special memory or reminds us of a funny story. Some ornaments have been banished to the “Don’t even THINK about going on the tree” box. Like the ornament I gave to my husband when we first started dating. I bought this corny ornament and had it engraved with “Mike and Wendy”…pretty brave, huh? I’m still shocked he did not run far, far away. While that ornament does not go on our tree (EVER), I keep it because it is sentimental. Here are some other favorites:
- This was my son’s first ornament. We call it the Elephant Ornament but this year my son informed me it was a Heffalump….? Gotta love a little Christmas controversy.
- The Duck in Stocking ornament was purchased when my husband and I visited Greece*. It is a hand blown glass ornament and is my husband’s favorite. I love the candy cane! *Correction…this is from Venice (see comments).
- This is the Reindeer with a Martini ornament. Guess who that belongs to…ME! It’s one of my favorites because my husband gave it to me and it makes me smile every time I see it.
- This is the Bee ornament. It is delicate and beautiful and the bee’s wings sparkle with glittery goodness. I want to keep it out all year but can’t stand the thought of it breaking and never being able to hang it on a tree again.
- The back of the Magical Snowman ornament says, “It’s the most magical time of the year.” I love this one because it reminds me of my Grandma. When my family was together this time last year for my Grandma’s funeral, my mom and stepdad had my sisters and me pick out an ornament that reminded us Grandma. I picked this one.
Do your ornaments have special meaning? Do you have a box of “reject” ornaments that just don’t make the cut?
Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday!