Putting up my Christmas tree isn’t just an opportunity to get into the Christmas spirit, and decorate for the holidays. It’s an opportunity to take a trip down memory lane.
I love carefully unpacking my most cherished ornaments, reliving those moments, and telling their stories. It makes me smile!
Here are just some of the oranaments that are special to me:
1.) Crooked Paper Angel
This beauty sits on the very tip top of my tree every year. I bought this topper when I was a broke student. In grade 2 my son made this paper angel in school. I taped her to the topper and now she is crooked and old and I get made fun of for her all the time. But even though we can replace this ornament with something more fancy, we never will. She’s priceless!
2.) Baby’s First Christmas!
If you’re a parent or guardian, chances are you have one of these! My Aunt Judy & Uncle Len gave this to me the year after Logan was born. It’s gold, and engraved and one of the most thoughtful gifts we have ever received.
3.) I don’t even know what to call this…
Flash back to Christmas five years ago. Me: single momma & working some weird hours in Fort McMurray. I would sometimes bring my son (who was 6 at the time) to work with me on weekends. My good friend and coworker, Brianne Oke offered to take him off my hands and visit the Christmas Tradeshow, so they could enjoy some of the kids activities together. He made this ornament there. Some of those names are of our close family members, but some DO NOT EXIST. I think he made them up as an excuse to use the ornament with the most ginger people on it. This makes me laugh every single year.
4.) Painted Wreath.
No real story behind this except my son made it a couple years ago. They’re super fragile and one broke in storage over the past year. We are running low on these….hopefully we don’t lose any more!
5.) Pipe Cleaner Mitt
I love filling my tree with my son’s crafts! He made this about 8 years ago in daycare or school… and as you can see it is falling apart and has lost a huge chunk of the pipe cleaners. Regardless, we toss it on the tree year after year.
I honestly don’t know how old this is, or even what it is supposed to be. All I know is it broke in half, the other piece is long gone…and I can’t bear to part with it.
7.) Festive Noodles On A Ribbon
Okay this is my number one absolute favorite. This is the first ornament my son ever made…at Dundonald Daycare in Saskatoon. He was 18 months old. It used to have more noodles on it…whoops. Still in pretty good shape for being almost a decade old!
8.) Face In A Gingerbread Man
He brought this home from daycare at 2 years old. Hard to believe he was ever that little. I may be bias, but he sure is cute!
9.) Glass Thingamajig
No clue what this is, but my dad’s girlfriend gave it to me last time I went home to Nova Scotia to visit. She went out of her way to give my sister and I these thoughtful glass ball things. It was summer so I’m pretty sure it’s not a Christmas ornament but I have no idea what the heck to do with it. It’s beautiful and I love her, so I toss it on the tree every year. Thanks, Sheila. It’s heavy and always makes the branch it is on sag right to the ground, and the cat usually gets it’s hands on it. But it survives, year after year! What a trooper!
10.) First Family Ornament
This is our first family ornament! Last Christmas was our first one with my boyfriend Loyd who makes our little family complete. Looking forward to making another one this year, but this one will always be my favorite because it’s our first & Loyd is super special to us.
Do your Christmas ornaments have a story! Show me!