My Favorite Ornament~Fun Monday

Kaytabug wants to know what our favorite Christmas ornament is.  How on earth am I supposed to chose just one?  When we bring out our ornaments, and I open up the container, all sorts of wonderful memories come flooding out.  I have to smile when I see the first ornaments that Shaun and I bought together.  I grin even bigger when I touch the ornaments that we made for each other in the first years of our marriage.  The snowflakes that were crocheted by my grandmother, the ugly ornament that I received in an exchange from our play group, the funny little one I made as a Girl Scout…so many memories of past Christmases.  

If I had to pick a very favorite, I think it would be a kid ornament. I pick this one.


I’m sure that nobody would argue when I say that it is a horrible picture of something that looks as though it should have been tossed long ago.  But to me, this is beautiful. 

It is a piece of thin cardboard with with tin foil glued on top of it.  then liberally decorated with glitter. I can still remember my little girls running towards me eager to show me their wonderful creations that they had made in day care. It was one of the first things that they had done without me…a big step towards growing up. 

This year, KT wanted to have a themed tree.  The fact that very few of our ornaments really, really bothers her.  What she doesn’t understand, is that anyone can go out and buy a matching set to have a nice tree.  It takes years and years of collecting and memories to have a truly beautiful tree. 

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0 Responses to My Favorite Ornament~Fun Monday

  1. How sweet! I love the ones the kids and I make the most!

  2. Hilary says:

    Gotta love that star.. very sweet. 🙂

  3. Karmyn R says:

    I agree with you – it takes years of collecting to have the most beautiful tree….and that includes the ugly, yet most cherished, child-made ornaments!

  4. Jay says:

    We have a bunch of ornaments that my mother, sister and I painted when Kell and I were little. Believe it or not we all still have a bunch of them too.

  5. renate1945 says:

    Amen to that. I think the most beautiful trees are the ones like yours, with all the ornaments that bring back memories. Themed trees wig me out. We are now starting to get ornaments made by the grandkids; these hang on the trees along with the ones their parents made.

  6. Carrie says:

    I like a menagerie of ornaments, too – the more unmatched the better.

  7. chrisb says:

    I so identify with your treasure and have things my daughter’s made when they were young.

  8. Laurie says:

    the homemade ones are always the best. (even better than leering monkey heads!)

    that is really lovely. and the memory is what makes it so.

  9. Jenni in KS says:

    Well, I do like to have ornaments that match my decor, but I like plenty with special memories sprinkled in. I remember my mom making a cardboard star covered with tinfoil when I was a little girl. I was probably about 7 and we didn’t have many ornaments or money to buy more. The tinsel helped fill all the bare spots and that foil and cardboard star was just as good as any storebought one.

  10. Sayre says:

    The only “themed” tree I ever did was the one with the stuffed animals – the safety tree! But the ones with the bits that have been collected and made through the years are the truly special trees. One day your daughter will know that too.

  11. I wouldn’t want a matched tree. Where would the soul be? It’s the personal ornaments that make it so special.

  12. Kaycie says:

    I love the things my kids bring home. They all still go on the tree, over their objections!

  13. Debbie says:

    Themed trees are for store displays. 😉 I like the all the unmatched ornaments. 😀

  14. myanderings says:

    I actually made a tree topper that looked like that last year. It was for the aluminum tree at work – I worked in a scrap yard…

  15. Carol says:

    I totally relate! I could never have a themed tree. I need the memories!! 🙂

    My favorite ornaments are the ones the kids and I made together one year. We traced pictures of the kids to fit the inside of a baby food jar lid, then glued lace and a yarn loop around the lid, and voila!


  16. How precious. And I totally agree that a tree should be filled with many ornaments of all different shapes, sizes and colors. My mom’s ornaments tell the stories of our lives. And that is as it should be.

  17. giveitatry says:

    I totally agree with your tree philosophy!

  18. daddy d says:

    Ornaments that the kids have made are the best ornaments. What does a factory know about home life, anyway?

  19. Joy T. says:

    I think a tree should be filled with memories of all kinds, whether it be new or old, matched or unmatched. This star looks beautiful because the love behind it means so much.

  20. Jo Beaufoix says:

    Ahh that is lovely. And KT will ‘get it’ when she’s older.

  21. mrs darling says:

    It goes to show that just because something isnt entirely gorgeous doesnt mean it isnt beautiful to somebody!

  22. Willowtree says:

    I disagree completely. It’s not a “it is a horrible picture of something that looks as though it should have been tossed long ago“, its a very good picture.

  23. Kell says:

    I’d like to have a small theme tree somewhere, but for our big tree I want all my ornaments we’ve collected throughout the years. I buy a new ornament every year that represents something for that year–this year it was a Mt. Rushmore ornament. And I love the homemade ornaments that we made, too.

  24. Bren says:

    That’s the best kind of ornament!

  25. Amanda says:

    Thats a very meaningful ornament. Its beautiful.

  26. Tiggerlane says:

    I still have a difficult time reconciling my tree – there are a bunch of fancy ones, amidst the kiddo ones…and even some of my kiddo ones from when I was a kid. Makes the tree more interesting, tho!

  27. mjd says:

    You are so right. “It takes years and years of collecting and memories to have a truly beautiful tree.”

    My MIL had a pink-themed tree one year. Everything was pink including the tree, which was a real tree but painted pink. Your star is much prettier…really.

  28. Cheryl says:

    One of my favorites is a really old one. Old fashioned and made of wood. It’s taken so long to have a tree full of memories.

  29. Lisa's Chaos says:

    That is the BEST ornament I’ve seen today! I wonder who I can get to make me one.

  30. anglophilefootballfanatic says:

    I totally agree. A tree with years of memories is the best tree to own. In a few more years (when the collection is a bit larger!) our tree is not allowed to have duplicate ornaments .

  31. robinellablog says:

    That is such great advice or sentiment. I used to be matchy-matchy. Now I’m going for wonderment reflected in their eyes.

  32. Jeff says:

    We refer to them as “yuppy” trees or “fun” trees. With kids you gotta go with the “fun” tree.

  33. Alison says:

    Thanks so much for the warm welcome!! I have totally enjoyed my very first FM!! I love your ornament also…the preschool kid made ones are my favorite too!!

  34. Dorky Dad says:

    Nice. Child-made ornaments are the best!

  35. nikki says:

    We have too many ornaments too that carry great memories and are far more beautiful to me than a themed tree.

  36. Kaytabug says:

    I agree with you. I would never want a themed or matched tree. My boys handmade ornaments are my favorites too! My tree is sprinkled with love and sweet memories!

  37. Karina says:

    Awww, this was such a beautiful post! I love that ornament, it has “character”. 😉

  38. I can’t wait to start a new tree (I have four right now) just for ornaments like that one!

    You’re right; it takes YEARS to collect a treeful of coordinating ornaments. And lots and lots of after-Christmas clearance shopping.

  39. photowannabe says:

    We have a themed tree that has Disney ornaments on it. It had become a monster that just kept growing. Absolutely too much. Of course interspersed are all the oldies but goodies that I can’t part with either. Memories belong on the tree.

  40. Tink says:

    Hoop’s Mom has a themed tree each year. It always reminds me of something in a store window, not something that should be up in a home. I miss the fact that I can’t walk around it and ask, “Where’d this one come from?”

  41. gawilli says:

    I love ornaments like this also. We have one on our tree that a little girl made for me several years ago out of a cracked walnut shell and some cotton. It has two little eyes from a hole punch and a red crayon colored Santa had. It’s a treasure.

    I did see a themed tree this year that I loved. It was based on the term “When pigs fly”. It was at a school who had felt beaten down by state assessment scores. They had as their theme for the year, that they would make the pigs fly by bringing their scores up. When they were successful, they chose that theme for their Christmas tree. In a time when the focus is somewhat blurry, they managed to rise above the blither and think about the kids. It was a nice way for them to celebrate.

  42. Jenster says:

    That’s one of the most beautiful ornaments I’ve ever seen! Because it reflects the heart!

  43. Peggy says:

    That is just about the sweetest blog entry you’ve ever done. I get a bit choked up when I think of the little ornaments that my own boys made as tots.

  44. nilyram says:

    aww bless, what a lovely post 🙂
    I’m so looking forward to starting to make things with my sons for Christmas etc, at the moment we have the shop-bought ornaments J and I got for our first Christmas together, but that’s about it!

  45. “it takes years & years of collecting & memories to have a truly beautiful tree…”

    that is the perfect way to say it! after 20 Christmases, 19 of them with children,…& all those ornaments…1 a year for each of the 4 children plus 1 for hubby & i together~~ we’re full up! & i do not believe the tree could be any more beautiful!

  46. “it takes years & years of collecting & memories to have a truly beautiful tree…”

    that is the perfect way to say it! after 20 Christmases, 19 of them with children,…& all those ornaments…1 a year for each of the 4 children plus 1 for hubby & i together~~ we’re full up! & i do not believe the tree could be any more beautiful!

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