Putting up the tree has always been a tradition for Danielle and I the day after Thanksgiving. Since she isn't here, I figured I might as well break them all and I am just now getting around to decorating a little. Another thing we always did was each kid put their own Christmas ornaments on, which in some way symbolized the year. When Addam and Danielle got married I gave them their ornaments for their first Christmas tree away from home. But.. that is another blog for another day. :)
As I put the ornaments on the tree tonight it was like a trip down memory lane.
There was the ornament from Nashville Tenn . I took Randy there for his birthday the year before we got married. Yes, the year before. What a sinner.
Then there is the bride and groom with 2002 on it. We always confuse the year. So glad once a year to confirm it and be sure.
There were several ornaments from old daycare children. Several were from Skyler Ames- such a beautiful girl.. then and now. I even had a few " teacher ornaments" from kids that might should have been retired or broken when they left, just to assure no children like them come along behind.
I have ornaments that hung on my tree as a child. Some my mother had made....some that I just remember.
There are homemade ones that Scott, Randy's son made. He died in a car crash before we were married. I wonder what his life would be like now, if he had lived? I wonder would he have liked me or if I would have been the mean evil step mother...
SHINY! After the kids ornaments were gone the tree was a little bare so of course I bought new ones that are huge and sparkly.
I wonder how much the little Ronald McDonald ornaments are that I got when I was 16 and worked at McDonalds?
There are several from Hawaii and our trips there and one that Addam and Lauren sent to us.
This year I have a few from Geneviette that were bought last year and the first one from preschool she made TODAY! I am SO excited. NO one.. will be getting these ornaments.. until I am dead.
My Christmas tree isnt anything like the ones I saw yesterday on the tour of homes with friends but then again.. they havent lived my life . I would bet a few of them would trade their fancy tree's for all the memories I have on mine.
My Christmas memory tree.