The Mommy

The Mommy

about us...

I'm The Mommy, a SAHM to Maggie & Ellie. I'm married to Big Daddy, an engineer, grad student and our hard-working provider.
I blog instead of scrapbooking in hopes of preserving a part of our life for the future.
We enjoy beach trips, going to Church and spending time together...all as a family...because that's what we are.

our VP miracle, Maggie

our VP miracle, Maggie
loves homeschooling, sign language, Jesus, reading, church, writing songs and dancing

our sweet Ellie

our sweet Ellie
loves her sister, going to church and the library, singing, babies, chocolate and being naked

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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Every Ornament Has A Story

I have never been a fan of trees with a theme. At our house, just about every ornament has a story.
The mantle has red, green and white lights and our favorite red glass Christmas balls. Maggie & Ellie have their stockings ready for Santa and my crystal cross bell from my special friend Joanne is up there too, so that little hands will stay away. Our new L.ittle People Nativity Scene is also on the hearth. Hopefully,the mantle won't be quite so bare in the years to come.

My ornament collection started when I was a little girl. I have the ornaments that I made at church and school and they hang on my tree every year. After teaching preschool for a total of five years, I have many trinkets from my old students. Big Daddy and I decided that we'd spend the rest of our lives together in October, so I started buying ornaments in December that I planned to put on our tree one day. Four Christmases later, we had a pretty good start, but I did buy one box of red glass balls as a gift for him because he really wanted them for our tree. Last year, we bought our first box of shatterproof red to replace those old glass balls that had dwindled down to ten over the years. When I became pregnant with The Muffin I bought her first ornament and she gets one (or more) each year. This year we'll be getting a new one for Ellie too.
Maggie has moved her tree to her room (again). It is decorated with mini gingerbread boys and girls, tacky little presents and her big Wizard of Oz ornaments. She also wanted the Noah's Ark Gingerbread night light in her room. This tree is so very Maggie. (and I wouldn't have it any other way)

When I look at our tree, I see ornaments in all different colors, shapes and sizes. I have so many favorites that remind me of special places or special times. We have bells from our wedding, both Maggie & Ellie's pacifiers from the hospital (that they never actually used), the NCSU belltower from Big Daddy's graduation day, an ornament for our first Christmas in our first new house and for our first ever Christmas together. There are tons of ornaments from children that I taught in preschool and from people that have been special to us over the years. I wouldn't have it any other way.
Our family tree with white lights, red balls and a little bit of everything else! I have to get a Christmas tree skirt and I desperately need to wrap a few presents to put underneath. I'm sure a certain little girl will go crazy wanting to open the gifts!


Christina said...

Our tree is kinda like that too, mismatched ornaments, but they all mean something to us! I do hae a set of blue and silver balls that match but other than that it's a little of this and a little of that! Beautiful!!

Joy said...

Gotta love those unbreakable balls! Our cat broke quite a few glass ones last year.

We also have an eclectic tree and get new ornaments every year! I LOVE it!!!

jen@odbt said...

We have the same tree. Every ornament means something and every year I give each child an ornament, maybe something to reflect their interests that year or something significant to them. The point being they will have their own special box of ornaments once they are in their own home. I can't wait to start decorating our tree. That is awesome you still have all your childhood ornaments - how special.

Tara said...

I just ordered Andrew's ornament for this year....literally 5 minutes ago. Our tree downstairs has all the nice, expensive ornaments but the tree upstairs has the meaningful ornaments from our childhoods and now we're adding Andrew's ornaments too!

Lisa said...

beautiful! I always wish at this time of year, that I had a fireplace with a mantle! I think I love Maggie's tree the best. (wink wink!) And I LOVE the idea of hanging pacifiers on the tree! Caleb is the only child of mine that used one, and it is the NICU preemie pacifier, and now I can't wait to add it to our tree! We are putting ours up on the 14th. so I am looking at and reading all about everyone else's trees until then!!

Musings of a Housewife said...

Thanks for sharing pictures of your decorations! We don't have a theme either. We have ornaments from my childhood, my husband's childhood, his father's handmade ones over the years, and then the ones we've bought our kids, plus the ones we pick up on vacation as mementos. I love our mismatched tree! :-)

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