(Cue the music!)
This is the oldest ornament on my tree. It was from my grandparents' tree (mom's parents) and she had it after them. Now it's mine. Barely hanging together with wire, too fragile to take apart and repair. But a treasure, nonetheless.
As you might expect, many of my seasonal things have a connection to my Mom or to our family tree when I was growing up. I think (but am not sure) that she made these! There's an Andy, too.
On one of my trees, this is the first glass ball that goes up each year. We've had it as long as I can remember. (The "egg" to its right was a gift from my friend Lisa back when we were in high school or college and the small bell a Shiny Brite from my other grandmother's tree.
I love these Santa ornaments too, again from the old family tree.
And these -- the paint is chipping off and I'm sure it must be lead. But I still love them.
Always have, always will.
I've written about the Gingerman tree and the story of the giant Gingerman at the top. He is a must on what I call the "Mom" tree.
When she was ill she started making tons of little ginger guys like this one and stringing them on garlands for her friends. In a Christmas wrapping competition one year, my dad made a giant version, leaving a small space unsewn into which he tucked a pair of earrings. I still have those, too.
I have loads of ornaments like these -- photos from our different years together.
And ornaments from our travels, of course!
And what goes on the top of the big tree? Turkey Lurkey, of course! A friend and I made puppets for my Henny Penny puppet show in my puppetry class in graduate school. This is a must, albeit an unconventional topper!
I have too many collections, some started by others, like about 25 silver bell music boxes, a collection my friend Lin began for me.
And others I've chosen. I won't show you every Santa (I know -- you're breathing a sigh of relief!). Just a couple of favorites.
This one reminds me of my favorite advisor in grad school. It's the eyes and mouth of the face.
I have a few snowmen friends, too. My pal Judy gave me this silvery charmer...
...and this was a craft fair find.
These little elves were given to Mom by my cousin, Nancy. They're so cheery!
And this was from Mom's Royal Doulton collection. So graceful for December!
I love Margaret Furlong's shell angels. I wish I had more!
And lest you should think I'm only about the Ho! Ho! Ho!, I do have more than a few creches or nativity pieces. This is one of my favorites, but far from the only one.
So grab yourself a cookie from my happy cookie jar and enjoy.
The season is here and I'm eager to see your decorations, too!