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 ornaments...in 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!