***Linking up with Mamakat today: Write about a favorite Christmas ornament. I’m a bit under the weather so it’s a repost from 2 years ago…but still applies!***
If I had to pick my absolute favorite part about the Christmas season, it would be decorating my second Christmas tree. (Yes, I have three.) It’s my “Memory Tree”. It has all of our special ornaments. Each year we get the kids an ornament that represents something special about the year. I love pulling out these special ornaments. This is also the tree that holds the school photo ornaments, the handmade ornaments, and my special ornaments from growing up. I love pulling each one out and reminiscing about the reasons behind it.
After I had my miscarriage, I was so sad. That Christmas was especially difficult because I had been imagining enjoying the season with an expanding belly and instead was trying to get through with an empty one. I found an angel ornament at the Hallmark store and had to have it. I liked to imagine my little angel watching over me. The next Christmas, when I was pregnant with Olivia, I got another one because I felt so lucky to be blessed with another child. I decided that every year I would buy one of these precious angel ornaments to remind myself of all of my blessings.
I also have my very first Christmas ornament (from 1976, thank you very much!). The kids love to look at it and marvel over how old it is. This starfish reminds me of our second honeymoon to Key West.
Olivia called herself “Princess Olivia” one year so, of course, we had to get her a crown. And a favorite princess. And a Tweety Bird that tells if she’s been naughty or nice. We also have Tom and Jerry, Shrek, Belle, Lady and the Tramp, The Grinch and Rudolph. I love remembering all of these moments.
Gabe’s show a love of superheroes and sports. I think we have every superhero on our tree!!
Matthew’s represent his first word (dog) and the word he said funny for an entire year. He said “Truck”. Only with and F. Everywhere we went. Imagine a 2 year old shouting that out every time he saw one. It was hilarious.
We have ornaments from our special vacations (like Disney this summer) and favorite songs. I’ll never get tired of the homemade ornaments made from their little handprints either. It’s so nice to talk about these with the kids each year and hear them say “OH YEAH! I remember that!”
I love it.
What’s your favorite part of the holidays?