My Christmas Tree

One of my favorite childhood memories of Christmas was our tree. Decorating it was a blast. There was never a theme for the decor, it was just a hodge-podge of ornaments collected through the years. I loved picking out each ornament and remembering who made them for me, who gave them to me, where we bought them, etc. After decorating the tree we would turn off the lights and all five of us would lay under the tree, listening to Christmas music, looking at the lights. Ah, those were good times.

Thanks Mom for making Christmas magical!

When I got married, my husband and I had exactly zero ornaments between us. We bought some standard ‘filler’ ornaments & never deviated. It seemed my childhood tradition was lost. That is, until last year. ‘Miss M’ brought home two ornaments she’d made during preschool & it sparked something inside of me. I wanted my old tree back! As I placed her ornaments on the tree I was a bit teary, I was placing a memory on this tree!


Since we only started last year, our tree has exactly 10 meaningful ornaments: two from ‘Miss M’, two wood ornaments from Jerusalem, three ornaments that I made, and three ornaments that each one of my children picked out this year. As badly as I want my old tree right now, I have to remember that memories come with time. In the meantime, we do have some amazing ornaments from Martha Stewart and Target, but, hopefully in the years to come our tree will be filled with memories, just like the tree from my memories.

Here are a few of the ornaments on my Christmas tree this year.

The ornaments below are from Home Depot. Who knew?!

Did you know that I have a thing for Martha Stewart? I think I’ve mentioned that a few times on this blog ;) Well, surprise, surprise these ornaments are hers.

And this is my favorite picture of all! ‘Little L’ super proud of her Christmas tree!

What are your favorite Christmas traditions?

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  1. Sydnie says:

    I love this. Did you see my Christmas tree? I got EVERYTHING at dollar tree. The entire decorations cost me less than $50 and it looks professional. Little L is looking super cute! I totally remember decorating the tree as a kid with you- it always brought forth so many good memories: a story with almost every ornament. It is so awesome you have that tradition with your kids now!

  2. What a sweet story! I love this! You know, I am having a Christmas Family Activities linky party and this post would be perfect! I’d love it if you wanted to come link up.



  3. Stephanie S. says:

    My favorite tradition is making an ornament each year. I have ornaments from my childhood on my tree I made when I was 5 years old. Also my mom had a theme to her tree with our childhood ornaments. Wish we had children to add theirs. Thanks for sharing.


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