Happy Holidays, my friends!
I just spent 2 1/2 HOURS…yes, hours…
putting up our
WHY SO LONG?
My Christmas tree is NOT a
MARTHA STEWART tree.
It doesn’t match.
It doesn’t have a “theme”.
It is MY family’s legacy.
It is a timeline of our life.
AND I CHERISH EVERY MOMENT!
I remembered moments from years past.
My hubby kept coming into the living room
wondering what was taking so long.
Then…he would look at an ornament and say..
“Do you remember…?”
Yes! I DO!
As I look through the ornament box,
my heart swells with happiness.
THAT, my friends, is what
CHRISTMAS is ALL about.
I collect ornaments!
I search them out EVERYWHERE we go!
I buy them for MY kids and MY grandkids!
ALWAYS…date the back!
Doesn’t seem important now…IT WILL BE LATER!
If you can’t find ornaments…key chains work fantastic!
Scavenge the “AFTER CHRISTMAS” sales!
Christmas boutiques, & craft sales!
It’s about a memory.
I never want to FORGET!
IN LIFE…there is NO “DO OVER”.
There are “second chances”…but they are
Here is a little “smattering” of my
A cruise hubby & I took to the Caribbean.
The first ship I had ever been on!
After 10 months on fertility drugs…BABY on the way!
This was the first ornament I ever bought with a baby on it!
We didn’t know if it was a boy or girl.
Ended up being twin boys!
32 years ago & still cry at this one!
Yes…I have the first 5 years for ALL of my kids!
We are blessed with 4 kids & 5 grandchildren.
A trip to EUROPE with my mom & sisters!
4 California girls to England, Ireland, & Scotland!
We found our ancestor’s farm!
My auntie ( now 90 ) made this for me
when I was 5. ( 49 yrs ago ).
At the TOP of our tree.
The last remaining ornament HANDMADE by my grandmother.
My parents’ house burned to the ground 30 years ago.
In the attic were ALL of my MOM’s Christmas ornaments!
GONE! Luckily, I had one from MY grandma.
You think those little strings of popcorn won’t last?
Hubby’s from PRESCHOOL!
(It used to be much longer…I wrap it in tissue every year!)
For your kids…
If they play sports…get them a sports ornament
There will come a day…when they won’t play!
Remember all the fun times!
KEY CHAINS MAKE ORNAMENTS!
My little sis got remarried on the beach in HAWAII!
The WHOLE family went!
We went snorkeling and saw the SEA TURTLES!
My son’s favorite sport ( He wrote this when he was 10 ).
He is now in the US NAVY!
I wonder if ALL the practices & games helped him get ready for LIFE?
My first trip to the EAST COAST!
We toured from NEW YORK to NEW HAMPSHIRE.
Stayed at the BEST B&B in Plymouth BAY!
Yes…those “SILLY” classroom ornaments
DO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
A plastic lid…some glitter…and a picture!
This year we are adding AUSTIN, Texas & ALASKA!
My new ornaments will add to the happy memories
we have as a family!
So here is a “SMATTERING”
It’s PERFECT for ME!
I just had to update with my
I would collect Christmas ornaments on our travels.
BUT…they are HARD TO FIND IN JULY!
So…I started collecting
They are the newest additions to my Christmas tree.
After our recent trip to VIRGINIA…
I came home with 8 new keychains!
I write the date & any “memories” I can on the back!
My new TEXAS key chains will be perfect!
When I hung them on the tree…
those wonderful memories came back…with tears.
IN LIFE…there is NO “DO OVER!”
Live, LAUGH, Love!
Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays