I love Christmas trees and I admire all of the nicely decorated ones in magazines. Wouldn't it be fun to have a blue-themed tree one year and a silver and gold the next? Glass ornaments and silver ribbons would NEVER have worked in my house, with my kids and dogs. I love decorating our non-fancy sentimental Christmas tree and every year when we unwrap the ornaments and pull them out of the boxes it's a little like getting a pre-Christmas gift. We have a multitude of cute ornaments and throughout the rest of the year I forget some of them and then am always surprised and happy to see them again. You can almost read our little family history here -
Ornaments made by friends bring back special memories. The other one was from my son's first year at preschool. The teacher helped the kids write whatever they wanted on an ornament - "I love my Mom" - Awwww.
An English cottage to remember the time I went to England.
Of course a few Barbie ornaments to remind me of all of those special "Barbie" Christmases growing up.
Another one made by a friend. And of course a doggy dish.
My daughter's penchant for shoes . . . (Shhhh - don't tell - there's actually a real pair of red ones under the tree as we speak . . . )
Remembering the years my son and daughter played sports . . .
The year my son was into dinosaurs . . .
The Christmas after Sept 11 . . . Also the year we got one of our pups after losing one.
A little log cabin for the year Prairie Children & Their Quilts was published . . . (Thanks, Ingrid!)
My husband made this snowflake ornament himself from paper using a technique known as "quilling."
Quilling was a popular art form a few years ago that involved rolling tiny strips of paper into filigree shapes. It was a hobby of his mother's (and his father too) and here's a not-very-well-known fact for you. In the 1970s my mother-in-law Doris Tracy and her business partner started a craft business selling Christmas tree ornaments and kits to make them and then in 1974 went on to publish a book about quilling - Quilling: Paper Art for Everyone. I still see it online and on some paper quilling sites. This was waaay before I met him and we both find it amusing that his mother authored a book on QUILLING and the woman he eventually married went on to author 4 books on QUILTING. Doris passed away 3 years ago but her legacy resides on our tree every year, along with a whole lot of other special Christimas memories. Every ornament tells a story.