Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Now *this* is an awesome tradition.



Hi guys. I'm participating in Top Two Tuesday with the Undomestic Momma.

Today's prompt? Top Two Favorite Ornaments. Perfect.

First, let me show you our tree.


Nice, huh? And it looks much prettier in person.

(I'm kind of proud of it)

Ornament 1

On my parent's first Christmas, my Dad took about a foot off the trunk of the tree, and carved a Nativity into it as a present for my Mother (I wish I had a picture to show you).

And then when my brother Jimmy was born? My Dad took a couple of inches off the trunk, and made an ornament out of Jimmy's first Christmas tree.

A tradition was born.


My Dad made my ornament back in December of 1985. I have always loved holding it, and finding that perfect spot on my family's overcrowded tree.


And now that I'm all grown up, with a tree of my own, it's like having a little piece of home, or a snippet of my childhood hanging from those plastic branches.

Ornament 2

My Dad surprised us last Christmas, and bought us tickets out to Utah, to celebrate with my family. We went over New Years, and had a wonderful belated Christmas with my brothers and sisters. Sitting around their real-life tree, I was delighted to open this present from my Dad.


Of all the ornaments on our tree, these two mean the most to me.

I don't always notice them, but when I do, they make me smile.

Do you have any ornaments like this?


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I am also linking this to a few other Christmas parties I've found. Here are their buttons, if you want to check them out.

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45 comments:

Untypically Jia said...

That is too sweet.

Matt and I went to the mall our first christmas and bought a handmade penguin ornament. It was the only ornament we had that year. Now each new year we buy another penguin ornament to add to the collection.

Stretching My Imagination said...

I'm literally melting at these stories. I love the creativity and the personality, especially taking the wood from the tree itself.

Kit said...

That is awesome!! I love those ornaments! Your dad is so sweet!

blueviolet said...

I don't have anything my parents made, but my faves are definitely from childhood. :)

Dixie Mom said...

Those are very cool.

manysleeplessnights.com said...

When we were growing up, each year our parents would buy us a different Hallmark ornament & we got to put it on our own trees that we got to keep in our rooms (they were less than 3ft tall). Then when we moved out of the house, we got to take our trees with us so we wouldn't have bare trees our first christmas :)

Your dad sounds like the sweetest man ever.

Kim @ seven thirty three said...

Awwww! What a sweet dad and a sweet tradition!

From the year that my hubby and I married I have bought personalized ornaments. Started with two white bears with our names... this years has 5 snowmen in a sled bearing our names. LOVE them all!

Corinne said...

Those ornaments are awesome. I love sentimental ornaments so much more than the pretty decor ones. (we have somewhat of a mixture of both on our tree).
That tradition that your Dad started is so sweet! Every year we get a new personalized ornament for Christmas - I love pulling them all out when we decorate our tree, it brings so much more joy and I love reliving all the past Christmas'!

anSeL said...

you're dad is so awesome!

Kristina P. said...

The only ornament I have that isn't just a box one is one we got from NYC.

My grandmother, when she was alive, gave all the grandkids a new ornament every year. I have no idea where my box is. It makes me sad!

black tag diaries said...

i love, love, love this tradition! how thoughtful... something you will cherish forever, i'm sure.

the thrifty ba said...

your dad rocks! what a cool thing!

Kmama said...

What a great tradition. I would love to have ornaments like that!

My favorite ornament isn't handmade, but it was the first ornament my husband I bought as a couple. Later that day, he proposed to me (in Frankenmuth, on a carriage ride). I love that ornament because of the memories associated with it.

Jennifer Kay said...

I am so jealous! I wish my parents had thought of something that cool when I was a baby... wish I would have seen this post three years ago when my babies were born.

I wonder if I could do it this year, backdate it and fool them? Mean, huh?

viewfromdownhere said...

That is SO sweet...I love that!

Growing up my grandma would get ornaments for all of her grandchildren each year and write the year on them. I have each and every one of them up until 1999 (she passed in Oct 2000), and I think of her each time I put up one of them.

Evonne said...

I love your tree and your favorite ornaments!

I don't have anything handmade, but I do still have my first ornament.

Jen @ GBG said...

That is so sweet! What an awesome thing for your dad to do. I love it.

Our tree would never win any decorating contests but it is so full of memories. We each get a new ornament each Christmas that represents something significant from the year. For example one year we were dirt poor and I made these crocheted snowman gift bags for everyone filled with Christmas baking. I must have crocheted 20 of those snowman bags that year. Anyway, my husband got me a snowman ornament that year. It never fails to make me smile when I look at it.

I also have 2 ornaments from my very first Christmas that my grandma made me. I put them up at the top of the tree so the kids can't get near them :) I mean those ornaments are 36 years old, practically antiques lol.

Tami said...

Those ornaments are awesome! I'm sure they mean so much more to you than any store bought ornament ever could. Your tree is gorgeous- you should definitely be proud of it!

Jen said...

My favorite part about putting up the tree is remembering all the ornaments. Each one is so special to me.

And i LOVE the bow on the top of your tree.

Emily said...

I LOVE that tradition, those ornaments are awesome! If we were to ever get a real tree, I think I'd have to copy this tradition. By the way, your tree is beautiful. I'm a new follower :)

Beka said...

Ah, those ornaments are so cool!
Um no....well, we do have some special ornaments but none as special as those. Heh. :)

Shannon said...

I love your ornaments. I love personal ones!

Stephanie said...

Your favs are awesome. I am quite jealous actually! I wish I had ornaments to memoralize "firsts". Hmmm...maybe the husband and I will have to copy your fav ornaments once we add on the family!

Thanks for stopping by my blog too!

Joey @ Big Teeth and Clouds said...

That is an awesome tradition. Your dad is very creative!

Wiz said...

Those are awesome!! Your comment made me laugh. I DO need some wine and diaper ornaments :)

~~Mia~~ said...

wow, what a beautiful gift idea!

my fave are the handmade ones my son has made over the years...he is 12 now, so the ones from when he was, like, 4 or 5 are so super cute :)

Smart Ass Sara said...

We have our ornament book and every year we buy at least one ornament that is a memory of that year. So every year when I pull ornaments out of the box I sit and remember why this one was special. So one year we went to Florida so I have a bulb with sand and shells in it. Our honeymoon was in FL so we came back with a Santa starfish ornament, etc. This year I went to Chicago twice and we have a Chicago ornament. Every year the kids get their own and I write down why they wanted it and I keep these stories in a little scrapbook. AND when we have people over, it turns into a game- find the ___ ornament and what does it mean? Everyone is trying to figure out what the ornaments mean. :) It's a fun tradition.

Kristen said...

I love those. What a brilliant idea!

Renegades said...

My favorite ornaments are the ones my kids have made.

Frenchy said...

That is too cool !!!
Love this !

Sarah @ Scissors and a Whisk said...

oh WOW.. that is absolutely beautiful. Reading your post seriously put a smile to my face. Thank you for sharing.

K Pugliano said...

What a FABULOUS idea!!! How special and personal-I can see why they are your favorites!

Jessica said...

Oh how wonderful! I love family traditions!

Condo Blues said...

My grandmother was very crafty. By my request she started making and giving me Christmas ornaments when I was a teenager. They are some of my favorites. My other favorite ornaments is when my husband and I were first together and wanted some ornaments for our first tree together. We went to a Dollar Store and bought a crazy Santa ornaments with a goat in his beard. I still have no idea why Santa has a goat in his beard.

Van said...

Sweet traditions...and tree :) I'm hosting a "link share" called "Show me your bush". I'd love it if you share your proverbial bush (this tree!) at the party!

AliLilly said...

You tree is GORGEOUS! And oh my gosh what a sweet tradition. I wish I had done that. It's very very special!

MiMi said...

Those are awesome!!! :) Wanna see the nativity. Get on it. :)

cornflakegirl74 said...

OMG, this post made me a bit teary-eyed. What a BEAUTIFUL tradition. There is nothing quite like a handmade ornament and thes ones your father carved out of the trees... well, they're magnificent.

My favorite ornaments were always the really old ones my mom kept from Germany, most especially the beautiful ballerinas and nutcrackers. They bring back such great memories when I visit my family for the holidays.

Leslie said...

Thanks for visiting my blog :)

Love Love Love your ornaments from your Dad. He sounds like such a sweet man. I love having such special ornaments like that that mean so much!

Chantel said...

I love those ornaments!

Michael and I got a bit of the trunk as well, and I love it :-)

That's a tradition I definitely want to continue with my kids. Hopefully by that time we'll have a working vacuum so we can have a real tree without stepping on the needles that fall off.

Shell said...

Those are so cute!

AliLilly said...

Did you link this up here?? You TOTALLY should!

http://thriftydecorchick.blogspot.com/2010/12/its-christmas-tree-party.html

Adrienne said...

The last ornament almost made me cry. Your Dad sounds too sweet! I loved this post!

Lynnie said...

Wonderful tradition! What I think is cool is that my hubby likes teeth too!!!! :)

Rachael said...

I tried commenting on this last week but it wouldn't let me for some reason. I absolutely love this tradition that your parents started. It's just so sweet and sentimental. My sister is way allergic to real trees so we never had one growing up, but this makes me wish we had.

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