Our Christmas Tree…

I’ve seen so many gorgeous trees on many of your blogs and at one point in the beginning of my marriage ~ we had three different Christmas trees throughout the house.  Yet, we’ve come to realize it doesn’t feel as necessary to have more than one.
When thinning out our ornaments ~ we of course kept the special ones that we have accumulated over the years…

This sweet tea cup represents my daughters tea party she had when she turned three.


This is the Christopher Radko ornament that was released in 2001 remembering those that died on September 11th.

My grandmother gave me this ornament that she made along with a note asking me to hang it on my tree every year!  She has since passed away, making it that more special to me.

An ornament from Christmas’s past.  Every year my Aunt would have Santa come “ho ho ho’ing” into the room as we all sat listening to her read the night before Christmas…a tradition that was started when I was a little girl and has now been shared with my children – one of the holiday favorite traditions. This ornament is of one of my children during the festivities!

When visiting Disneyland we’ve had a few of these silhouettes ornaments made there to make the memory extra special ~ such a fun and sweet ornament for them to put on the tree.


This ice skate was given to me several years ago by a special person in my life.  I dreamed of having a Victorian tree only decorated with Victorian themed ornaments for my tea room…She gave this ornament to me with a note inside saying “for your someday tree”…

This sweet shining star was brought to the family tree when I married my husband.  This ornament is in remembrance of his brother who died 15 years ago. Every year the kids watch their daddy hang this ornament on the tree…every year it continues to be a truly touching moment for all of us.
Yes, I’ve added new ornaments, but want to share with you just some of the ones that are special and the memory that accompanies it. I look forward to seeing what treasures we will remember to hang on our tree in the future!
Happy Holiday Season to you all ~ To see what I am linking to this week – please check my “Cottage Links” label…xoxo, tracie
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Burlap Luxe said…
Merry Christmas Tracie, I am looking forward to a new year 2012 and all you will inspire.
A lovely Christmas post.So nice to meet you just found your beautiful blog and so happy I did. I have enjoyed looking around and I'm now following you, if you find a spare minute hope you visit me sometime and follow back so nice to meet new friends. Sending you special wishes for a very Merry Christmas Day and look forward to keeping in touch in 2012.

Always Wendy
This is such a touching post, Tracie. Your tree ornaments hold such important memories of those who have been special to you.
Leslie said…
I love all of those special ornaments too. Merry Christmas.
Lovely post and beautiful tree.
NanaDiana said…
What a lovely, special tree. We have several of those ornaments like your grandmother made...enough so that I passed along one to each adult child to remember their great-grandmother. Merry Monday to you, Tracie- xo Diana
Family ornaments are so special! When we downsized (again) and our children were married we split some up and our kids are still hanging those family memories on their Christmas trees! They make Christmas such a special time! Thanks for sharing your family memories!
Debra Howard said…
What a great tree, made special by all the beautiful ornaments that have such beautiful memories attached to them. Mine is very similar and it is one of my favorite things about Christmas (remembering all the memories attached to each ornament as they are hung on my tree or put away after Christmas. Have a wonderful and blessed Christmas season and New Year.
Terri said…
Merry Christmas Tracie, your post today is very sweet. All these ornaments are so precious. We have many like that too, that grow sweeter each year.
Kellie Collis said…
Fabulous tree! Have a happy holiday! Kellie xx
I loved seeing your special ornaments. I am trying to thin out my Christmas stuff too, but I do love all my special ornaments.What a wonderful way for your husband to remember his brother-very special.

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