Our tree is comprised of sentimental ornaments, whether from our childhoods, ones our kids have chosen over the years, gifts from family or friends, or mementos from trips we’ve taken.
I’m going to share 10 of our ornaments and the stories behind them…
Kermit Krush Ornament – If you read about my 10 crushes, then you already know about this ornament and why it’s on our tree…in all it’s glory.
|GOSH! Isn’t he cute?|
Memory of a Nightmare Ornament – This one reminds us of the time we camped in Acadia National Park in a downpour that required us to dig a moat around our tent. It was after Labor Day, so there were about three other campers at the entire park. One group of campers was right next to us. As we could so easily hear their conversations, we learned that they were all recovering alcoholics, who were clearly celebrating their “recovery” with copious amounts of beer and six foot high fires, left unattended. And they had all been in prison. We left as soon as we could.
It’s Broken, But Sentimental Ornament – This was the first ornament we got our oldest son. Big Bird’s nose is broken off, but I can’t part with it because it was his first.
My Husband Hates This Ornament – Every year I find this ornament on the back of our tree. Steve is a Bears fan. I think he thinks I got this ornament to spite him, but I bought it before we started dating. I don’t watch football, but I grew up outside of D.C. I got this ornament when I was missing home. Plus, it was on clearance at Hallmark because nobody in Chicago likes the Redskins.
The “Our Son Picked This Out And We Don’t Know Why” Ornament – Every year we let each of our kids choose a new ornament for the tree. Typically, they choose Spider Man, Sesame Street, Cars, drums, etc., but when Josiah was five, he chose this. I like that he went out of the box.
Bigger Than Your Head Ornament – This is the biggest ornament on our tree. This is one giant representation of all my mommy-guilt. I don’t know who made it, and by “made it” I mean, one of my children stuck three stickers on it. But I feel guilty throwing it away. So, for now, the giant thing is staying on the tree. In the back.
Nobody Knows What To Get My Husband Ornament – Every coffee lover has one of these on their tree, right? Unless you’re picky and only like Dunkin’ Donuts or Caribou or some other high-priced coffee. Personally, I’d be content with a can of Folgers hanging from the tree, but Steve is kind of a coffee snob.
|I choose to think it’s full of non-fat,
no-whip, extra-hot, Peppermint Mocha.
Steve says: Mocha Valencia. I say: Nasty.
Everybody’s Been To Graceland Ornament – My husband doesn’t like this ornament either. He thinks it’s cheesy, like one of those Velvet Elvis paintings. So not even close. When I asked him to think of weird ornaments on our tree, this was the only one he mentioned.
Like Having Satan On Your Christmas Tree Ornament – Why do we even have this thing on our tree? We got it in China in 2008 when we went to adopt our middle son. We wanted an ornament to commemorate the trip and this is what we found. Seeing as how Christmas is not such a big holiday there, it wasn’t surprising that our choices were limited. We didn’t notice that the eyes popped out until we put it on our tree. We like to think it’s a dragon.
Wait, I change my mind…