For something different for this week’s Week of Bliss series, I thought I’d share why I decorate my tree the way I do, and share five ten of my favorite ornaments (was too tough to narrow down to five!).
Not surprisingly, I decorate the tree much the way my mom does. Also like my mom, I have dreamed of having space for two (or three?) trees. You know, the “pretty tree” and then the family or “kids’ tree”, and maybe a hunting tree for the hubby. But honestly, I think I’m glad that I don’t (and after hauling up four or five bins of decorations as it was I’m convinced it’s definitely a good thing). Like age and photos and memories add character to a house, so do personal ornaments on a tree. One of my favorite things about decorating is taking out each ornament and reminiscing about where it came from, who made it or gave it to us, and all the memories that those ornaments evoke. Our tree shares a history, a story, about who we are as a family, and that’s pretty darn awesome.
That doesn’t mean I want the tree to appear all hodge-podge, either, which is why I unify everything with a selection of coordinating ornaments. Once the lights and garland are on the tree, these go on next, before the personal ones. I make sure the colors are spaced out randomly, and then we fill in with everything else. Like I said yesterday, when I have ribbon on the tree it unifies things even more, so I plan to add that back in by next year.
With all that said, here are five of my favorite ornaments (in no particular order):
Call me whatever you will, but this one from preschool has always been one of my favorites to get out. It was made with yarn wrapped around a mason jar lid, which I have always thought was pretty clever. Now that I have a long haired blonde daughter, it makes me think of her and how blessed I am to have my little mini-me.