Monday, December 08, 2008

Ornament Tour

We finally got our tree on Sunday. I thought it might be fun to give you a little tour of some of my favorite ornaments on our tree.

But first, the story behind getting our tree. Yes, we always get a live tree. We bundle up in our snow pants and head out into the elements. Most years, we end up at Dennie's Christmas Tree Farm. The trees are usually full, fluffy, tall, healthy green beauties that have us arguing over which one is the best. At the old house, we would have to move all the furniture out of the room (except for the couch) to make room for the tree. I was so excited to bring one of those big trees into our new house. But, when we arrived at the tree farm, we discovered that this year, pickins were slim... and so were the trees. All were cut into tall, SKINNY, shapes. I don't like skinny trees!!! But the weather was frigid and the kids were ansie, so we picked and cut the best we could find. And we made it work. Next year though, I am getting me a "Christmas Story" sized tree. You mark my words.

On to the ornaments!!

I know, I know, I have shown this one before... but it is a favorite, so you'll just have to suffer through it again! Shaving cream beard... red Santa hat... glue the picture to an ornament shaped piece of construction paper and you are good to go.

Every year, I pick up a few wooden ornaments from JoAnn Fabrics and have the kids paint them up. Andrew did this one in 2003 (don't forget to label the ornaments!) and I love it. This was from my kid who, at the time, hated coloring or painting. It turned out so good!!

Andrew happens to be the proud maker of many of my favorite ornaments. Look at that face!! That was his kindergarten school picture. Yes, I had it retaken but not soon enough. All his project with a photo of himself came home with that picture. We call it his fish face.

This is one of the oldest ornaments on the tree. I made it in girl scouts when I was eight. It is one of those metal bangles that were all the rage in the 80s. With a little glittered pine cone and some curly ribbon. Look at that amateur eight year old wire work hook!! I have come a long way haven't I.

I made this one for Lauren's first Christmas. I took one of her socks and embroidered her name on it. I can't wait to give it to her when she has her own apartment with a tree. Yes Lauren, your feet really were that small once.

This one is very special. Ron and I have had it since our first Christmas together in our first apartment. It is cutting from the trunk of your first tree. That was 12 years ago.

A different kind of ornament you'll find this year is under the tree. Andrew decided to dress things up and make a tunnel for the train out of legos. He has a lot of good ideas that kid.

And there you have it. A little ornament tour. HEY, you should post an ornament tour on your blog!! And come back here and share a link so I can see. I am always looking for new ornament making ideas :)

1 comment:

Cindy said...

I loved the tour! Almost like being there....I hope your first Christmas in your new home is extra special. Loved that baby sock idea...I'll have to do that this year! :-)