We’re excited today to be joining a talented group of bloggers to share our Christmas trees! Every tree has a story and and it’s always a treat to read about and see beautiful trees each year. We have two large trees and today I’m sharing our Christmas Tree Filled with Memories. This is the tree that we gather around on Christmas morning and the ornaments are a collection of memories.
Welcome To The 2nd Annual Christmas Tree Decor Blog Hop!!
We have 24 talented bloggers joining up to share their decorated Christmas Trees with us! So grab a cup of your favorite beverage and get comfortable, because you are going to love the beautiful Christmas Tree Decor shared over the next two days. Thanks to Michelle from Our Crafty Mom for putting this together!
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I love seeing photos of stunning trees adorned with lovely ornaments, all matching in style, with perfectly placed ribbon cascading down and around the branches. I have a formal tree in our parlor that I decorate with only burgundy and gold. It’s pretty, but it’s not the tree that I love most. The Christmas Tree Filled with Memories is my favorite. It’s not fancy, the ornaments aren’t perfectly placed, and the style is a mixture of a life time of ornaments that capture my family’s life.
If I were to show you all of the special ornaments that belong to this tree, we’d be here all day. So, I narrowed it down to some of my very favorites to share with you.
We’ll start at the very top with the angel tree topper. I purchased this in 1988, the year that Gloria was born. Never did I imagine she would still be lighting up the top of my tree 30 years later! When Gloria was a little girl, I mentioned to her that she and the angel arrived the same year. To her, that meant that the angel was special and to this day, she wants to see her atop of the tree. She’s showing little signs of her age, but I don’t see her being replaced any time soon.
I’ve always loved collecting ornaments from places we visit and of places we live. This Charleston Battery ornament has been on the tree since we moved here in 2004.
At last count, I have about 40 Santa ornaments on the tree. This one holding a football dates back to my oldest son’s high school days when he played. The Golden Gate Bridge ornament was purchased when we were visiting family in the Bay Area in 2003. That was also the year that my oldest son and his at the time girlfriend came to California to visit. He proposed to her at Christmas time out there. Every year when I hang this ornament I think of the two of them.
We have an assortment of airplane ornaments. My husband is an aerospace engineer, so the planes are a nod to his work and love of airplanes.
Penguins! We have lots of penguin ornaments. Gloria has always loved them and she often chose penguin ornaments for the tree. When I hang these each year, I’m reminded of her delight.
Every year since our oldest grandson was born, I’ve either bought or made a personalized ornament for our grandchildren.This was last year’s ornament. I love placing all of the grandchildren’s ornaments on the tree and thinking of how they’ve grown and changed over the year.
We have a lot of just fun and frivolous ornaments.
They bring back smiles of times shared and the story that goes with each one.
Years ago we started a tradition that we give an ornament to the tree each year. Some years they reflect something we did or a place we visited. Some years, they are fun, some times they are beautiful. Last year, Gloria gave this gorgeous metallic pine cone to the tree. It’s special to me partly because even though she was still recuperating from an emergency appendectomy that she had earlier in December, she found the time and the energy to find an ornament for Christmas Eve.
I love that I’ve participated in the Ornament Exchange with other bloggers in recent years. These are the ornaments I’ve been given by fellow bloggers. I love that they are a part of our family’s tree of memories.
This year, I added three special ornaments to our tree. Beginning with her first grandchild, my mother had a woman she knew who made ceramic ornaments make angel ornaments with her grandchildren’s names and the year they were born. Every year, those ornaments were all placed on her tree. My oldest son would always look for his angel and if he found it any place on the tree other than front and center, he promptly relocated it! Since my mother moved in with my sister earlier this year, she decided to give the angels to us. Each of her four children were given the angels with their children’s names on them. These aren’t expensive ornaments and they are looking well worn and well loved, but they hold so many wonderful memories of Christmases past.
I could go on and on about so many of the special ornaments, but I’ll stop with these.
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As I mentioned, it’s not a perfectly designed tree, but it is a special tree filled with memories for our family and to us, that makes it perfect! We all have our own traditions for our trees. I’d love to hear about yours.
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A Christmas Tree Filled with Memories
Now let’s check out the rest of the beautiful Christmas Trees!