Monday, December 31, 2012

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree

Merry belated Christmas/Holidays from our family to yours and Happy New Year!

It has pretty much been a whirlwind this last week and a half.  We have enjoyed a lot of great family time and got spoiled rotten at Christmas.  K went to Half Moon Bay to golf during the week so I tagged along with my computer to work remotely (sigh - in my old job I used to have two weeks off at Christmas - gone are those days).  It wasn't so bad with this view:

We are just about to get ready to go hit the town for NYE with friends, but I wanted to put up one holiday post before we go.  Today I was assessing our holiday storage situation as we have outgrown the bins we currently have and need more.  I was trying to get a rough count of all our ornaments and I thought it would be fun to do a post on them.  People are so different when it comes to their trees and how they decorate.
Growing up my sister and I amassed quite the collection of ornaments from my mom and grandma.  When we moved out and got married we took our collection of ornaments with us to use on our own trees.  Currently, K and I just have one tree.  On this tree is all of our own childhood ornaments plus all the ones we have gotten since we got married.  I always envision that this will be our "family tree" - the one we will put all the presents under.  Someday, I want to get a second tree that is all color coordinated and decorated with a "theme" to put elsewhere in the house but our "real" Christmas tree will always be the one with our ornaments.  Here is a sampling of a few things you will see on our tree.

The First Ornament

We each have an ornament that is the first ornament that goes on the tree - gotta get that prime real estate!  As a child this kitty ornament was my favorite ornament and was always my first one on the tree.  What can I say, I guess it is habit but it still goes on first.  As for K, his Ken Griffey Jr. ornament, his favorite baseball player and our dog's namesake, goes up first.

The Sports Team

Entire teams (football, baseball and hockey) plus alternates are on our tree.

The "Girl" Ornaments

Umm, are we gendered much?

The Dogs

The Collections

95% of our ornaments are from Hallmark and many of Hallmarks ornaments are one in a series.  For example, the ornaments on the right are part of the "Frosty Friends" collection.  I think 2012 was the 33rd ornament in the series.  I probably have about 2/3 of them.  I was also really into Taz as a kid so many Taz ornaments grace the tree.

The Travel Collection 

I really wish I would have started this sooner but from here on out I want to try and make it a point to buy a new ornament when we take our big vacation each year.

The Banished Boys

K does not like Barry Bonds or Ben Roethlisberger.  A few years ago as a joke, instead of just choosing not to put them on the tree, I hung them on the back on the tree facing in.  They since have hung like this every year. 

The Randoms

However, the majority of our ornaments don't fit in a category which is what I really love about our tree.  Every ornament has a story, a memory, an inside joke or represents something we both love.   I always look forward to pulling them out every year.

BUT, up until this year, I have always looked forward to taking the tree down as well.  See, since K and I have been married the tree has always been of the second story of where we lived.  The first year after dropping needles all through the house trying to get the tree out K decided it would be easier just to chuck it off the balcony.

Three years worth of tree chucking
Today we just carried out the back door like normal people - no fun.  Anyone else have any fun holiday rituals?

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and I wish you Happy New Year! 

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  1. What?! You've banished Big Ben?? *shaking head*

    Have a happy new year

  2. You guys were winner of Best Christmas Card received in our house this year. It was pretty awesome!

    We have ornament traditions too. My husband still has ornaments from when he was a child (and that's a longggg time ago) that I love hanging on the tree. My best friend and I started doing an ornament exchange years ago and I love hanging those - the *NSYNC ornament even still goes up on the tree.

    Looks like you had a very full and happy holiday!

  3. I love this post! I am the same way with ornaments: They all mean something either given as a present or bought somewhere special. We try to buy ornaments whenever we go traveling now, too.

    And the tree chucking! Ha ha! I'm sorry you weren't able to do that this year :(


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