This is “the tree of ornaments.” It’s not the German lead laden tensil covered Christmas tree that I so vividly remember as a child and had to decorate from top to bottom. It is “the tree of oraments” from parent gifts, students, oranments made by my children, some pictures of my children on ornaments, and special ornaments given by relatives that are dated. I ran into an old neighbor recently, and told her I still hang the orament that she made me on my tree. She thought that was a sweet memory.
I use to make a lot of homemade tree oraments; it was fun and memoriable. My adult children remember these times. Soon I will have to say good bye to “the tree of memories.” You may want to buy some ornament sale kits at Michael’s, a craft book or unique tree ornaments on sale to date for your children or grandchildren next year.
Each of our children have a box of ornaments for “their tree of memories.” They just don’t put up a tree. Our daughter and her husband have Christmas Sam all decorated with lights.
It is interesting how adult children do things differently than their parents. They all create their own way in this world. My adult children are into downsizing, streamlining and not being fivalous.
I was into detailing the good memories, writing the unique December memories down, and keeping a copy of the Christmas letter I sent out. I have always kept the holiday letters from special family, friends, and special people in our lives.
I use to put our our nativity set out each year. Some of these items no longer make it down the stairs from the attic. If you don’t have little ones the customs do change. Now we are into ” the big people memories.”