Our 2017 Christmas Tree . . .
A simple tree
Filled with memories of 48 years and more
Decorated with real metal tinsel
Each ornament is a memory
The old Shiny Brights
(a few from my mother and aunt)
Most found in flea markets
They used to be cheap!
For no one wanted them!
Alas, not any more
I never did do an ornament a year for our tree
They were hit and miss
Some (like this one) are older than others!
This my first from 1976
I would stalk the Hallmark store and make my list
And then sit and have coffee and wait until it opened on December 26
so I could get an ornament (and paper and cards)
at half price!
This one commemorating Bushwhacker Days. Made by W.F. Norman Sheetmetal
I have two. They were, I believe, sold as fundraisers.
Commemorating special years. This one was given to us one of the years we were on our town's Christmas Homes Tour
A cheap (and mostly unbreakable) souvenir to bring home when we travel.
Small, can be packed in the suitcase and one usually doesn't have to worry about them getting broken.
Bought on one of our two trips to Italy
Commemorating an event that I was in charge of in Topeka, Kansas
Wooden ornaments from our trip to Germany
The Grands Ornaments
Daughter Sarah makes sure that each year we get an ornament from her children.
This is from Lucy's first Christmas
An adorable handprint
Made by my mother and given as Christmas gifts.
I have two and treasure them now that she's gone
I have several from my childhood. This one was made by me when I was a Campfire Girl. I have a second one as well. Simple and every time I look at it, I remember those fun times as a Bluebird/Campfire Girl
The tree, decorated, a fire in the fireplace and some Christmas cookies and coffee