Friday, December 20, 2013

Repost of December 22, 2007


The wonderful lady over at Carpe Banana shared some of her favorite tree ornaments, which made me eager to share mine. Each and every ornament on our tree has such special memories for me, and there's always a collective groan from the gentlemen in the house as they hear me "ooh" and "aah" when we decorate each year!

Oh, what decisions as I try to limit these photos to just a few!

My brother and I loved troll dolls as we grew up in the 60's. We built houses for them out of wooden blocks and even made clothes for them. So when I saw this ornament, I was delighted to buy it for the tree. Up in the corner you can see one of the Star Trek ships Enterprise.


We have many ornaments the boys have made through the years when they were younger. I cherish every one.  

When we vacation, I try to buy something that will remind of the place we visited. On the left, you can see the gourd painted like a bird, from Arizona. The ornament beside it is a special edition ornament given to faculty and staff of Grove City College. Each year they have been giving us a different building or landmark of the college.

I have great memories of the years I've spent in our local homeschool support group. Many times we've made an ornament at our December "Mothers' Meeting"--meetings where we share and laugh for hours on end. The one below is made from a light bulb.

Our town is well-known for its aluminum forge, so I have several ornaments purchased from there. This is surely one of my favorites.

Because I grew up on a farm where we raised pigs, I have a few pig items throughout the house--and several on the tree. And I really love the tractors--Hallmark has come out with a whole series of them (red tractors are best!!). I also like the red of Santas, and this one has a special story. In 1977 I went with the aunts and Grandma to visit another aunt who lives in Los Angeles. Our trip included a jaunt to Las Vegas. I decided I would put no more than $5 into the machines, and when I made a profit of $12, I quit, went to the shop there, and bought 3 beautiful small items from Germany.

A view of my tree wouldn't be complete without telling of my friend Betty, who died from cancer a few years back. She had such a generous spirit. Once I visited her and saw several of these star ornaments on her tree. That was when we had those big old lightbulbs for our Christmas trees. Inside each ornament is a little twirly piece, which would be set in motion from the heat of those bulbs. I exclaimed my delight upon seeing them and Betty didn't hesitate. She immediately pulled one off the tree and said, "Here! Have one!" Now I remember her especially when I decorate, and surprisingly, it still twirls with the newer bulbs, even though we cannot feel any heat at all when we touch them.

May you have a blessed Christmas, with many memories of the past, while making more for the future!


  1. Tooooo funny.  After I summoned Mom to read your post, since it was sort of in her honor ^_^ I was sitting here fidgeting with a W.A. Forge ornament!!!! 

  2. Can I ask how long you've been around GCC? Curious to know whether I know you. It was the ornament that made the connection for me.

  3. Fun little tour of your tree!  I love the twisty candy-cane garland stuff you have! 

  4. The gourd owl is definitely my favourite.*cuddles him*

  5. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! This is the kind of sharing I enjoy so much!! Maybe I'll share a few of my favorites with you sometime!
    The troll - Miriam LOVED trolls when she was little. Every time we were in a junk/antique store she would find one and want to buy it. I hated them and always tried to find a reason why she didn't need it. Didn't work. She ended up with quite a few!
    Star Trek - we don't have any, but my brother-in-law has every hallmark Star Trek ornament they have made, I think. So we always look forward to seeing what new one he has each year.
    I really liked that light bulb ornament. Didn't even look like a light bulb!
    German wood ornaments are sooo nice! Classic! Liked your Santa.
    Pig - one of my friends just loves pigs, so anytime I see a pig decoration I think of her. Now I'll think of you, too!
    Thanks again for sharing!!
    Esther Bates

  6. Oh!!! And the star ornament from your friend! I really want to see that one in person sometime!! That is sooo neat! I've never seen anything like it before!

    And I am a Wendell August Forge fan so I have quite a few as well!!