Why I Need Tissues When We Put up the TREE!

Happy Holidays, my friends!

I just spent 2 1/2 HOURS...yes, hours...
putting up our
CHRISTMAS  TREE!


Wendy....
WHY SO LONG?
Because.  

My Christmas tree is NOT a 
MARTHA STEWART tree.

It doesn't match.
It doesn't have a "theme".

It is MY  family's legacy.
It is a timeline of our life.
AND I CHERISH EVERY MOMENT!

I cried.
I giggled.
I remembered moments from years past.

My hubby kept coming into the living room
wondering what was taking so long.

Then...he would look an an ornament and say..
"Do you remember...?"
Yes!  I DO!

As I look through the ornament box,
my heart swells with happiness.
THAT, my friends, is what 
CHRISTMAS is ALL about.

I collect ornaments! 
I search them out EVERYWHERE we go!
I buy them for MY kids and MY grandkids!
ALWAYS...date the back! 
Doesn't seem important now...IT WILL BE LATER!
If you can't find ornaments...key chains work fantastic!
Scavenge the "AFTER CHRISTMAS" sales!
Christmas boutiques, & craft sales!
It's about a memory.
I never want to FORGET!

IN  LIFE...there is NO "DO OVER".
There are "second chances"...but they are
DIFFERENT!

Here is a little "smattering" of my 
Christmas Tree!

A cruise hubby & I took to the Caribbean.
The first ship I had ever been on!

After 10 months on fertility drugs...BABY on the way!
This was the first ornament I ever bought with a baby on it!
We didn't know if it was a boy or girl.
Ended up being twin boys! 
32 years ago & still cry at this one!
Happy tears!


Yes...I have the first 5 years for ALL of my kids!
We are blessed with 4 kids & 5 grandchildren.


Hubby's FAVORITE!
JAWS FAN!



A trip to EUROPE with my mom & sisters!
4 California girls to England, Ireland, & Scotland!
We found our ancestor's farm!

My auntie ( now 90 ) made this for me
when I was 5. ( 49 yrs ago ).

Very precious.
At the TOP of our tree.
The last remaining ornament HANDMADE by my grandmother.
My parents house burned to the ground 30 years ago.
In the attic were ALL of my MOM's Christmas ornaments!
GONE!  Luckily, I had one from MY grandma.
Sniff...sniff...memories!
You think those little strings of popcorn won't last?
Hubby's from PRESCHOOL!
1965!
(It used to be much longer...I wrap it in tissue every year!)

For your kids...
If they play sports...get them a sports ornament
EVERY  YEAR!
There will come a day...when they won't play!
Remember all the fun times!


KEY  CHAINS   MAKE  ORNAMENTS!
My little sis got remarried on the beach in HAWAII!  
The WHOLE family went!
We went snorkeling and saw the SEA TURTLES!
FUN TIMES!

My son's favorite sport ( He wrote this when he was 10 ).
He is now in the US NAVY!
I wonder if ALL the practices & games helped him get ready for LIFE?
YES!

My first trip to the EAST COAST!
We toured from NEW YORK to NEW HAMPSHIRE.
Stayed at the BEST B&B in Plymouth BAY!


TEACHERS!!!!
Yes...those  "SILLY"  classroom ornaments 
DO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
AND...GLITTER  MATTERS!
A plastic lid...some glitter...and  a picture!
Circa  1992.

So here is a "SMATTERING"
of 
MY LIFE!

It's  PERFECT for ME!






Remember..

IN LIFE...there is NO "DO OVER!"
Live, LAUGH, Love!


Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays
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1 comment

  1. I love your tree! My tree is just the same. I don't think I have an ornament without a memory attached. I think you and I understand the true meaning of Christmas. Let the others have their Martha Stewart trees!
    Merry Christmas from Texas! Paula

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