I’ve never had a designer Christmas tree. You know -- the one where all of the ornaments are either in turquoise blue or blown glass and the silver garland perfectly matches the silver brocade on some of the ornaments. Instead of debating over whether to go with a snowy winter theme vs a jewel toned theme for my Christmas tree, each year decorating the tree is a very personal affair. Thanks to my mom.
My mom started this tradition when I was born: each year, she gave my sister and I an ornament in our stocking. Some years it was a really, really nice one, some years it was a cutesy crafty thing that we could play with. Some years it reflected where our interests lay (which is why I still have a Barbie ornament AND a little computer ornament)...but each year it was chosen with each of us in mind. When we moved out, Mom gave us all of our ornaments. And each year at Christmas, I get out my big box of ornaments and spend a little time traipsing down memory lane. It always makes me feel close to my family (who are so far away), and now that I’m a mom, it is much more personal. I can almost see my mom picking some of the ornaments out - practically giggling to herself when she found a good one, one that really reflected who I was at the time. These little ornaments are a reflection of my childhood, and a reflection that my mom understood who I was, what I liked, what I thought was cool, and showed me, each year at Christmas, that she loved who I was becoming. As my own little man grows, I can’t wait to learn more about him. I will certainly keep my mom’s tradition -- it’s one little way to show him how amazing I think he is.
To kick things off, I want a really amazing First Christmas ornament. I haven’t decided if it must say “First Christmas” or if I want to go with something less traditional. There are so many to choose from, but here are my favorites: