It’s Looking Like Christmas

posted by Sharon December 15, 2013 17 Comments

Do you have ornaments you bring out year after year that bring out those treasured memories? They may be chipped or faded or bent, but that doesn’t matter at all. Christmas is a time for tradition. A time to remember Christmases past. Once it begins to look like Christmas at my house, the tiny bits of color trigger a wealth of good cheer.

Here are some of my toys on the tree that bring back good times and remind me of things I love.

This one is from piano students. They are long grown, but every year when I hang this, I remember them fondly.

We have lots of toy trains peeking from the branches because my Dad loved trains. He’s been gone for 10 Christmases now, but when I see the wooden trains , I always think of him.

The vintage kitties are my favorites because I love history and I love cats.

A friend made this little cross-stitch with the name of a music program I helped with one year. Good times.

We’ve managed to lose a lot of ornaments through the years, but this one made by my son in preschool somehow survives. Now he has children this age. But he’ll always be my kid.

Each year we add something new to change it up. We finally got an official tree topper this year. A star, a star, high above the tree, with a voice as big as the sea. (Do You Hear What I Hear?)

Alongside the tree, my teddy bears hang out together. The guy in the stripes dates back to my childhood. In other words, he is an antique.

Well, hello there!

How about you? Do you have sentimental ornaments and decorations? Is it looking like Christmas where you live?

Linking up with a song-inspired party, Song-ography, where the theme this week is “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas.”

 

 

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17 Comments

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Tamar Strauss-Benjamin December 15, 2013 at 11:51 am

What a gorgeous ornament collection! The tree topper is gorgeous!

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Boo Kitty Boo December 15, 2013 at 12:55 pm

I love the tree topper!!! Simply excellent.
Boo Kitty Boo XXX

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nicki December 15, 2013 at 1:07 pm

Oh gosh Sharon – I could have almost written the exact post and felt each and every twinge and joy of reminiscing with each ornament and decoration. Can you believe I still have some ornaments from when I was a tiny child that I salvaged from mom when I left home for college – she went all “designer” after that and disposed of many decorations. Thank you for trip down memory lane. Treasures – these little things that trigger memories – good memories. Merry Christmas!

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Molly December 15, 2013 at 1:10 pm

I love how peoples Christmas ornaments tend to all come with a story. I certainly a have few that do as well

mollyxxx

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mamagdog December 15, 2013 at 1:34 pm

My tree does nothing but provokes so many memories every year when we open the boxes to decorate the tree. Love the sentimentality behind each & every one.

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Adrienne December 15, 2013 at 2:11 pm

We gave ornaments to our kids each year when they were growing up. My daughter wanted hers when she got married…so, I packed up my son’s ornaments … and this is the third year I’ve just chosen themes and decorated the tree in different ways. It’s been fun! I love the piano ornament – so sweet!

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Susan December 15, 2013 at 2:34 pm

Lovely sentiments on what the ornaments mean to you. I love that the train reminds you of your Dad. How sweet. I’m sure your children love coming to the house and seeing things they remember from childhood.
I don’t decorate, not really a fan of the season, but this makes me ponder what I’m missing by passing by tradition. I’ll think on that.

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Linda R December 15, 2013 at 3:25 pm

I enjoyed seeing all your wonderful ornaments. And I really Love your new Tree Topper..

Hugs~

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kathy December 15, 2013 at 4:09 pm

How awesome for YOU that you have a stuffed animal from your childhood! Nothing of mine survived :(. What a treasured keepsake that I’m certain always makes it feel like Christmas once you bring it out. T hanks for joining in on Song-ography this week.

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Ida P. Krause December 15, 2013 at 4:13 pm

Fabulous post Sharon. Yes, I have sentimental ornaments. Guess what, I have trains on my tree to because my dad loved trains (he’s been gone almost 16 years now) so the trains help to keep his memory alive as well. I also love cats and have several cat ornaments on the tree. Some old ones as well that my parents gave us from when they were first married. That Santa house of yours looks like one that still hangs on my mom’s tree, it went through a fire and has a piece chipped out of the glass now but we still hang it on her tree every year. I loved reading about your tree and it’s special ornaments.

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Ida P. Krause December 15, 2013 at 4:14 pm

I forgot to mention that your bright shiny red star topper is awesome.

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Brandi December 15, 2013 at 4:42 pm

Our ornaments are mostly sentimental, and every year I think I’ll hit the stores for sales to get something ‘pretty’–but I never do. I love the things the kids bring home. And I love your tree topper, too!

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itsallaboutpurple December 15, 2013 at 6:13 pm

what a beautiful entry, your ornaments are just so colorful and lovely!!

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Kim Cunningham December 15, 2013 at 8:46 pm

Love your ornaments! Love the memories that are behind them. I miss my childhood ornaments. One year someone stole all of our Christmas decorations from our outdoor storage. That was when I was 19, so all those things are gone. Most of them were chipped, but there was still excitement to bring them out yearly. I hope my kiddos feel the same connection with our family ornaments.

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Carletta December 16, 2013 at 4:05 am

The first one is the old fashion kind I adore – a true treasure!
I also like little Miss Teacher Kitty with her chalkboard and apple.

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Karen December 16, 2013 at 6:02 am

Lovely…we add a little every year but stick to the very tradional colours… Only red,gold and green are allowed.

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Carolyn December 18, 2013 at 4:50 am

My mom gave me a Christmas ornament tea pot collection. There is a copper tea kettle, and two fancy “tea pots”, the old fashioned glass kind of ornament. I hang them carefully, crimping the hangers, so the grandchildren can’t get them down! They are delicate, but it wouldn’t be Christmas if they were not gracing the tree! Love your ornaments, so special! You are right; they elicit many memories, adding to the fun of decorating the tree! My daughter now has many of my favorites, passing on the memories as my mom did with me!

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