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Carmen S
O, Christmas Tree!
December 12, 2012 at 12:00 AM


When I was a small child, my mother came up with a great idea to help us all have more of the Christmas spirit. She bought us each miniature Christmas trees for our bedrooms. I often wonder if she had an ulterior motive, in that we were all more interested in decorating our own tree, and we left the big tree alone, but she's never answered that question for me. Regardless, we each had our own tree, and we each had our own very small box of ornaments. Every year, she would buy us an ornament to symbolize the past year. I was a pre professional ballet student, and so many of my ornaments have a ballet motif. The year that I began musical theater, she bought me an ornament to symbolize this. The year I got my drivers license my ornament was a car. She's kept this tradition all along, buying me an ornament each year. It's a tradition that I look forward to, and I've kept it going for myself.

When I moved out on my own, it was comforting to have my tree and a well established set of ornaments to decorate that reminded me of home. When we first married, we got an ornament to symbolize that. The first Christmas with our first child is symbolized by a yawning woman in a bathrobe holding a baby. This past year, I went to the Harley-Davidson school, and learned to drive a motorcycle. So this years ornament was, I'm sure you can guess, Harley-Davidson related.

In looking at my tree, I can look back and remember many many things from my life. There are coffee cup ornaments, football team ornaments, and ornaments that I bought for no other reason than that they were beautiful and spoke to me at that particular time in my life.

Several years ago, I bought small trees for my children's rooms. My children who are teenagers now haven't bothered to put their tree up this year, but I know they'll come back to it. Each of my children has their own box of ornaments, and they symbolize events in their lives as well. It's super fun to open the ornament boxes with them, and talk about the things that have occurred for them. The year my daughter went to occupational therapy, she got an ornament that looked like one of the toys that she finally mastered. It's a tradition that I hope and pray my children will remember their whole lives, and start with their own children.

It may be a silly, small thing, but to me, the Christmas tree is one of the best representations of our time together as a family.

What is your favorite Christmas tree ornament?

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Replies

  • johnny4ever
    December 12, 2012 at 7:10 AM

    sons first xmas ornament

  • johnny4ever
    December 12, 2012 at 7:10 AM

    or the first ornament he ever made

  • SabrinaLC
    December 12, 2012 at 9:13 AM

    My favorite is the rocking horse that I've had since I was a baby.  She's missing an ear but I love her :-)

  • Bluetick
    December 12, 2012 at 10:37 AM
    My Niagara Falls wooden ornament
  • sweetlyblissful
    December 12, 2012 at 1:46 PM

     I like my mirror disco ball ornaments.  :)

  • pnut1027
    December 12, 2012 at 1:52 PM
    My step mother gives us an ornament every yr at Christmas. They are all different some have stockings, others are our family trips to their lake house in Michigan. I did take both of my DDs ages 6yrs & 8 yrs the past few yrs to pick out ornaments they love it. I can't wait to take them this year.
  • AzariahsMother
    December 12, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    I love all the ones I get every year.  We always get a new family 1 each year.  Have not gotten this years yet.

  • Bluetick
    December 12, 2012 at 7:28 PM
    We buy 1 on every romantic getaway or family vacation
  • Madelaine
    December 13, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    anything made by the kids

  • goddess99
    December 13, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    I have several!! But last year I bought a large wooden owl from Pier 1 and I love it, looks great in our huge tree.

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