Wednesday, December 15, 2010

O Christmas Tree – My 1st Linky Party


Here is my Christmas tree.  It’s not designer-inspired.  It doesn’t have a real theme.  The dominant colors are red & silver.  12 14 10_5687    12 14 10_5692















What I love most about my Christmas tree is the ornaments. I love putting them on every year.  Most of the ornaments have some sort of meaning attached…either of the person who gave it to me or a moment the ornament was purchased to remember.  One of these days I’m actually going to make an ornament scrapbook so I can document about the ornaments I have and any future ornaments I receive.  Here’s a few of my favorites:

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This ornament refused to be photographed correctly, but I had to include it.  In high school, Mom started buying us girls ornaments every Christmas that representing something from that year. This one is from 1997…my freshman year of college at Ohio State.  I love getting my mail every day so she got me this really cute “Letters to Santa” ornament to remind me of my time away from home and all the lovely cards & letters I got (yes, people still wrote letters back then…I have an old makeup suitcase full of them for proof).

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I received this ornament from Ashley, a lovely little girl I had in my preschool class a few years ago.  Of course, I can’t hang it up without thinking of the movie “Flicka”. It was Ashley’s favorite and we watched it several times during that school year.



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I got this *NSYNC ornament in 2001.  Yep, I was a boy band fan.  In 2001, I went to three concerts…98 Degrees in March, *NSYNC in June and Backstreet Boys in September. Tina went with me to all of them and Jen went to *NSYNC and BSB with us.  This ornament plays one of their Christmas songs.  Emmy likes to dance to it with me this year.


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The ornament for 1996…the year we got our first dog, a Keeshond named Toby.  I miss that dog :(





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My first Christmas as an aunt…Emmy Jo got us all ornaments last year.  Apparently, Jo Jo is the World’s Best Aunt.




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My dad was a volunteer firefighter.  My dad loved Christmas. My dad just happened to die 12 days before Christmas while fighting a barn fire.  So ever since there have been firemen and fire Santa Clauses and fire Snowmen (a little ironic, I know) on our tree to honor him.  I bought a ton of these ornaments at The Christmas Mouse store in Virginia Beach.  This is just one of the handful that are hanging on my tree this year.






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This is one of the many ornaments I bought at The Christmas Mouse in VB in 2000.  I bought several of these and gave to Dad’s brother & sister and us kids. I put the picture I took of him at the Prom Promise Mock Accident in it. 




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This is a cool ornament from this year.  Bean & I each bought on on our trip to the Flower Factory in November. It’s all bumpy and I love it!



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2002’s ornament from Mom.  Bean & I bought our childhood home from our mom when she moved across the street with her new family…lol. 




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I got this Brutus Buckeye ornament at The Christmas Mouse in Nags Head on North Carolina’s Outer Banks in 2008.  On one trip down there, a radio DJ joked that there were more Ohio license plates in the summer than North Carolina ones.  Go Bucks!








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I’ve got several of these ornaments I made on the tree in varying sizes.  I just stuffed red & silver filler down inside. I love how the lights shine off of these.  If you can get the ornaments on sale, it is a pretty cheap way to add color to your tree.



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New garland I ordered from Kohl’s on Thanksgiving Day- very, very early on Thanksgiving Day.  I was less than impressed with the quality, but they look nice on the tree.  I inherited the two sets of silver & red beads my parents put on the tree, but it was so hard to get both strands to look nice.  Last year we did without anything.  So, I think these work.


Just some lights…I’m loving these!

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Thanks for stopping by and checking out my tree!  I love sitting at night in my living room watching a Christmas movie on the Hallmark Channel or ABC Family with only the lights of the tree. 



Christine said...

I love your ornaments! My brother in law is a firefighter who came thisclose to losing his life when there was an explosion at the fire he was fighting. Such a dangerous job and they are so brave for doing it. My condolences on your father's death. The fire santa ornaments are such a fun way to remember him!

Lyndsey said...

LOVE THEM ALL! :D Thanks for sharing. We also have a lot of fire related ornaments. I don't remember ever noticing there were fire ornaments before I met Jim. I have a bunch that were hand made when I was little by my dad and aunt I think. Those are my favorites.

cheryl said...

LOVE the tree and your stories about each ornament! I spent last night trying to figure out how to do this blogger thing:) Stay tuned.....

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