Memory Tree

***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?

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18 responses to “Memory Tree

  1. I love seeing other peoples Christmas decorations, and the stories behind these are priceless.

    I think my son’s first word was ‘truck’ too.

  2. I love your special ornaments and all the memories. We still have to go and cut down a tree. On one hand I LOVE how it makes the house smell, on the other, man do I hate the needles everywhere… : )

  3. I so need a “Memory Tree”… maybe I won’t be getting rid of our little old tree from our college years after all! You have the best ideas!

  4. Love it! Currently our memory tree is our only tree but I love it. I dream of a house with enough space for two trees but for now I’m loving having a tree covered with ducks (Rex’s first word) and soccer balls.

  5. Your memory tree really captures the magic of Christmas. It’s beautiful.
    Happy SIMC, jj

  6. I, too, feel this way every year we put up the tree. Great post and great pictures!

  7. Love it!! I only have one tree..but I guess you could call it a memory tree. I also get my kids an ornament every year that symbolizes that year for them. I love that my 6 year old can tell me the story behind every ornament he has received. We also have Shrek, and superheros, soccer balls from when they started playing soccer. I write the year and the story on the box for each ornament so one day I can give them all their ornaments and stories. Oh and I have a very similar ornament from 1977 🙂

  8. My favorite part about Christmas is the food. 🙂

  9. We do a similar thing with our one tree. But I’m lovin’ the idea of having two trees! Great idea!

  10. I love that you have one tree dedicated to memories. Thank you for sharing some of those memories.

  11. When I was young, my father would order fruit cake (yes, fruit cake) from Collin Street Bakery in TX. It would be delivered to our home before Christmas morning. We would open the fruit cake and have it for breakfast alongside our favorite Indian tea.

  12. You just gave me a post idea….thanks! I love the concept of a memory tree!

    I have one particular ornament that I hang every year at the top of the tree. It was my Mom’s and now it’s mine.

  13. I think of you every Christmas. I have the 3 beautiful ornaments you gave me after my babies became angels. They don’t go on my tree because I fear that they will be broken – they will someday…
    When I open the tub with all the ornaments we take the time to unwrap each one an lay it on the couch. We look at all of them before putting them on the tree. That’s my very favorite part!

  14. I love your memory tree! I do the same thing with choosing ornaments that are important to my boys for every year.

  15. You are so cute with your ornaments Tiffany! I just buy whatever color-coordinates with the rest of my ornaments lol. I think now that my little guy is in school though, I anticipate him doing some crafty stuff we could put up there.

  16. I love getting out our old ornaments. We have some from when my husband, Ken, was a child. The kids get a kick out of the fact that they say “Kenny” on them. They think it’s hysterical!

  17. I also wrote about angel ornaments for today’s Writer’s Workshop. I’ve got “vacation ornaments” too. What I’m missing are the kids’ ornaments. I guess that’s ’cause I’m missing the kids. And the husband, too. One step at a time, I guess. 🙂

  18. We have tons of angels on our tree too. I love your idea of buying one every year to remind yourself of all your blessings!

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