Assignment: Have you decorated your Christmas tree? Share a favorite Christmas ornament.
We only have ONE of the FOUR Christmas trees I usually put up for this glorious holiday season. However, since we are leaving shortly to go spend Christmas with my parents in the sunny state of Florida and will therefore, not be here, I only put up the little 4 foot tree. You can take a peak at it here if you like.
When I saw that one of this weeks writing prompts was about sharing a story about a favorite Christmas ornament, I called my mom in Florida right away because her tree is FILLED with ONLY special ornaments. Allow me to elaborate...
Shortly after my family and I started spending our Christmas's in Florida, it has been a treasured tradition that every year, a special ornament(s) is purchased and hung on the tree so we "remember" that specific year. Needless to say, 30 years later there are quite a few "special" ornaments that hang on my parents tree. I'd love to share a few of those with you today...
|This one from 1986 is the oldest dated one my mom could find BUT I am POSITIVE there is an older one...I can't wait to get there and look!|
|It was after 1993 that I started to make sure EVERYONE had their own special ornament.|
|My first attempt STILL makes us giggle every year! (At how UGLY they are and that I forgot to date them. But seriously, where's the room to do that with all that HUGE writing...LOL!)|
|I "graduated" to purchasing ornaments and writing our names and year on them. We all had Santa ornaments in 1999...This one is my Gramps who has since passed away.|
|I was "into" glitter in 2000...LOL!|
|In 2001 I got REALLY creative and got different ones that "resembled" each family member. My dad is a GREAT BIG BEAR and owned his own business. (Hence the bear wearing a suit and sitting in front of a computer drinking coffee...LOL!)|
|These ones are one of my favorites...Angels it was in 2004!|
So you see, I couldn't share just ONE SPECIAL ORNAMENT because every year we have several. This tradition is so dear to my heart that I have started it for Ave & Bryce. By the time they leave home and have tree's of their own...they will have plenty of "special" ornaments to hang.
OH WAIT! They each have a Christmas tree in their rooms. So, I guess they wont have to wait to decorate their own trees with memories. What? Doesn't EVERY kid have their own trees? LOL! (If truth be known, mommy is particular about how she likes HER trees decorated so I "fixed" that by getting them their own trees and they can decorate them anyway they choose. Clever...I know!)
Cheers To Christmastime Traditions!
Sending a Special THANK YOU to my mom who always "drops everything" to help me out. Thanks for getting daddy to take the pictures of the ornaments (even if some of them are blurry...LOL!) so I could share our family tradition with everyone! Love you both so much and see you in 10 sleeps...