Growing up, my sister and I had Christmas trees in our rooms. Starting out small, as we grew up, they became full of our favorite Disney characters, vacation spots, and sports icons. Sentimental, memory trees you could even say. And my mom’s big living room tree is no different. There’s hardly anymore space for new ornaments there is so many. And each one has a memory, story or purpose for being there. Crafts made when we were six, beautiful Disney figurines, funky colors and shapes collected over the years, special ornaments given as gifts, etc. I love this style of Christmas tree, and have naturally brought it into my married life.
J and I have decided to collect an ornament from everywhere we visit — from New York City to the Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia, SC to the Biltmore Inn in Asheville, NC. Do you collect anything? I love the idea of adding ornaments to our tree of our adventures, telling stories as years pass.
As you can see, my childhood appears a few times, with my 1994 Dalmatians ornament or the runner girl. The clear ball with the painted snowman is special because my late grandmother, who was very dear to me, painted them for all of us grandkids. There are a couple of them placed around the tree.
I smile every time I look at our tree, and I’m thankful for the sweet memories that make it up.
— How do you decorate your Christmas tree? Is it stylish or sentimental?
— Do you have a favorite ornament?