Last week RxBambi posted about her favorite Christmas Tree ornaments. I thought it was a great idea, so I’m following suit. For years my tree has always been eclectic – ornaments my mom gave me when I moved into my own place to make my tree look festive. Also for years I always went out and got a live tree – even during the many years I was single, in spite of not having ‘anyone else’ to decorate for, I’d still do it anyway – for me – because I love Christmas.
I used to load the tree down with multicolored lights, then add the eclectic mix of ornaments. When the prices of live trees started escalating, I decided it was time to invest in a faux tree that looked real, and the one I got had all white lights on it, so I switched out my ornaments and ended up with all silver and gold. My original ornaments were unfortunately lost in one of my many moves – I wish I still had them, as Princess Nagger would most likely get a kick out of them.
As Princess Nagger has gotten older, my strictly silver and gold tree started to morph into something much more interesting. We added green for my favorite color, cobalt blue for Hovering Hubby’s favorite color, and purple for Princess Nagger’s favorite color. Then last year in Kindergarten, Princess Nagger made two very cool Christmas tree ornaments to add:
A closer look:
My mom sent myself and Princess Nagger each a cute angel ornament with our names on them:
Yes, you’re reading that right – my ornament says ‘Shelly’ – which is the name my parents, siblings, relatives and anyone who knew me from birth until 6th grade calls me still. But that’s a whole blog post on its own. Princess Nagger’s of course has her real name, but PhotoShop works wonders.
A couple of years ago, when we were able to visit my family in Seattle for my birthday in December, we joined my brother and sister-in-law’s annual trek downtown to have a picture of their twins taken with Santa, and pick out a new ornament for their tree. We had Princess Nagger join in the fun pictures with Santa, and she picked out this cool mitten ornament for our tree:
A few years ago my hubby gave me this beautiful silver and Swarovski Crystal Heart ornament:
In 2005 hubby made this adorable red Christmas ball ornament for Princess Nagger:
It’s the only red Christmas ball on the tree to keep it ‘special’, and indicating Princess Nagger as the ‘heart’ of our family. Over the last couple of years I’ve also picked up and added a slew of Swedish ornaments to add to the mix, which had made the tree a nice reminder of my Swedish Great-Grandparents and Grandfather.
This year Princess Nagger and I are keeping on with the annual tradition of picking out a new ornament for the tree. We both picked out two ornaments each, my choices are of course deer, since that’s what I’ve been collecting for years:
Princess Nagger’s first choice was a dove, since she has a pet dove:
And she was excited when she saw this dinosaur ornament:
If you have a Christmas Tree, how do you decorate it? Is it a theme tree, a color scheme tree, or an eclectic mix?