The plan last night was to write most of my blog entry about some of my favorite Christmas ornaments, and to that end, I popped my 50mm lens onto my camera and shot some photos. Then I proceeded to go off on my rant about my van’s door freezing shut, and by the time I got that out of my system, my entry was already long.
So no photos last night. I bet you’re devastated, aren’t you?
Usually we put up the Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving in the Bluesleepy household. I have no desire to be trampled to death at a store during Black Friday, and putting up the Christmas decorations keeps us out of trouble. Besides, it’s nice to do something that’ll help put me in the holiday spirit. I am not a hugely festive person, but I do enjoy the decorating. This is why there is still only one gift under the tree, and it’s not even for someone in my household! (It’s actually for you, Michele!)
We were unable to put up our Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving this year, as we were too busy riding ponies down in North Carolina. By the time we got home, it was already the Monday afterward, so we waited until the following weekend to put up the tree. Usually I hang a nice mix of brightly-colored ball ornaments and my more sentimental ornaments, but this year I realized I had plenty of sentimental ornaments. I have not one single glass ball ornament on my tree, and I think my tree looks the best of any year previous.
And now to take a page from my good friend Pamela and share some of my favorite ornaments with you all!
We bought this ornament in 2001, the first Christmas Kurt and I were married. That’s when I first got the idea to buy an ornament each year to commemorate what had happened in that year. We found this one and felt it was a good way to remember the attacks on the World Trade Centers and the Pentagon (my father’s place of work) that had happened eight days after Kurt and I had gotten engaged. In fact, September 11th is why Kurt and I got married so very quickly. We just weren’t sure what was happening with him, since he is in the military. Who knew if he were going to be shipped overseas? We sure didn’t.
For the last two years, I have participated in an ornament exchange with my Flickr group. This year we had twenty people participating, which was really exciting and made for lots of love showing up in my mailbox. The ornament in this photo was made by my friend Kimberly, and I absolutely love it. It’s so creative, being made from puzzle pieces painted green. And the red sequins are so sparkly and beautiful.
This is another ornament I received during this year’s exchange. This one, made by Chelle, makes me laugh each time I see it because it’s just so cute. I love penguins, and every time I see it, I am reminded of the movie Happy Feet, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I made sure this ornament is facing the front of my tree so that I can see it every time I look at the tree.
I purchased this ornament at Michael’s a few weeks ago. I love that I have given my girls normal names that are easily spelled, and therefore easily found on the personalized items rack. “Grace” and “Mary” are the only names in our family that are found already personalized; every so often I’ll find “Kurt” and I’ll feel compelled to buy it. But I can say I have never once found “Karyl” on the personalized items rack. This will probably be just one of many ornaments to commemorate Mary Ellen. We already have two “Baby’s 1st Christmas” that belong to Grace, as well as several photo ornaments documenting her growth through the years, and I have no doubt we’ll do the same with ME.
Last, but most certainly not least, is the infamous Upside Down and Backwards Christmas Card from last year’s ornament exchange, next to Tracy’s contribution for 2007 as well. Kate had decided she was making Christmas cards for us all instead of ornaments, and she worked so very hard on them, practically gluing her fingers together and getting smudge marks where she didn’t want smudge marks. Once they were all finished, she went back and addressed them to each person — and since I was alphabetically last, I got the very last card in the pile, which just happened to be the Upside Down and Backwards Christmas Card. She hadn’t realized till she went to address it that she’d made this one backwards so that it opens from the back instead of the front. This card makes me smile every time I see it, so I leave it out on my bookshelf year-round.
What kinds of ornaments do you prefer on your tree?? And the burning question — white or colored lights? We have colored lights on the tree, and the big old-fashioned colored bulbs for the house as well. To me, it’s more festive! We had white icicle lights for several years, and now we prefer the colored ones.
And before I forget, please email me with your snail mail address at email@example.com if you would like a Christmas card from yours truly! (International addresses are perfectly acceptable.)