Triggering Christmas Memories

Our large tree in the living room is filled with so many special decorations.....I have been collecting unique ornaments since I was a child!

It was a tradition started by our next door neighbor, whom we affectionately called NaNa, when I was probably only about 6 or 7 years old.  She selected a special, albeit inexpensive, ornament for her granddaughter, my sister and me every year.  My mother quickly adopted the same practice.  So, by the time I was grown and started my own tree, I already had quite a collection.

Of course, some of those early additions have not survived the years.  But, I still have many of them and they all have a special place in my heart.  Among them....



 

There are a couple of ornaments that I clearly remember making.  This wooden candy cane was my effort when our fifth grade class painted ornaments to decorate the class tree.



And this beaded candy cane was made in a missions class at church about the same time.


I was fortunate enough to find a box containing a few of my grandparents' ornaments after my grandmother passed away.  They are among my favorites!


 

Throughout my adult years, I have continued to add unique ornaments....those that catch my eye or "speak" to me.




And, of course, I love the set of Shiny Brite reproductions (found in Fredericksburg on a hot summer day, no less!) and the clip-on candles I found at Dollar General (gotta love the dollar store for some great decor on the cheap!)....


Our tree may be a hodgepodge of many different types and style of ornaments, but it is filled with wonderful memories.  I get a warm, fuzzy feeling just unwrapping the ornaments and placing them among the branches each year.  

Every once in a while, I toy with the idea of starting fresh and decorating a tree with a specific, cohesive theme or color scheme.....but, it's always a fleeting idea!  

How about your family's tree?  Do you have some of those priceless, irreplaceable and sentimental ornaments like I do?  I would love to hear about it if you do!  

And now for lots of vintage inspiration, I am linking with Debra at "Common Ground" for "Vintage Inspiration Friday". If you love the use of older ornaments and such when decorating for the holidays, I guarantee you will be blown away!

Relishing the moment....
Jane


Comments

  1. I love that tradition of getting a special ornament each year. I've been doing that with my son and I put a sticker on the back of the ornament that tells us what year he picked it out.

    I have a very eclectic tree also. I always envy the people that do a theme, but it just doesn't seem like Christmas without all my ornaments from years ago on it.

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  2. So nice. They just don't make the ornaments like they used to years ago do they. My mother has some really beautiful ones. I remember one of hers was a tiny glass violin complete with all the strings.

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  3. What a wonderful collection of memories you have on your tree! It's great that you've kept these ornaments all along, bringing them back every year to re-live special times. We do that too - just this morning I was thinking that it won't be long until our kids are old enough to move out and take their ornament collections with them. That will certainly be a strange year in our house!

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  4. Hi Jane, your tree is so lovely, full of wonderful memories and treasures, just what makes Christmas so special! Thanks for linking up for VIF!
    big hugs,
    Debra

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