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As my husband and I decorated our Christmas tree last weekend I started telling him the story behind some of the ornaments. I am not one to decorate a tree based on a theme, I love those trees but it’s just not my thing.
So many of our ornaments have a story behind them. To me, because of these ornaments, our tree represents our history and lives together. I think back to the Christmas tree that my mom always put up. Almost every ornament on that tree had a story. She was a teacher for 28 years so many of the ornaments came from her students. She also has several ornaments that my brother and I created as children, like the Santa Claus I made in first grade from a nut and a cotton ball. One of my favorite ornaments on her tree is the wooden toy soldier who is now an amputee because when I was a toddler I chewed his foot off. My question to my mother was how was I able to chew off the toy soldier’s foot before anyone noticed what I was doing! I guess that was before helicopter parents!
My husband and I are just building our collection of ornaments and I hope that one day I can have a tree that is full of the history of our lives. I wanted to share some of our ornaments with you and the story behind them.
Several years ago when I went thru my divorce from my first husband I had 2 friends who were a couple and the 3 of us would usually go out to dinner at Cracker Barrel at least once a week. So for Christmas that year they gave me this Cracker Barrel ornament. Do you have someone on your Christmas list who is a Cracker Barrel fan? Give them a gift they will love with this Cracker Barrel gift card.
This bell ornament is one of 2 that my mother always hung on our Christmas tree. When I first moved out on my own and purchased my first Christmas tree my mom gave me this bell. Every time I see it reminds me of my childhood.
The next ornament is one that I created as a kid at church. I think this was done during our Wednesday night Missionettes class. Every time I see this ornament I think about how much I loved going to church as a child. I would be so disappointed if my parents decided not to go to church because I knew I was going to miss my class!
Each year since my husband and I got married I buy an ornament that represents something about that year of our lives. In 2010 we were newlyweds so this is the ornament from that year. In just a couple of months we will be celebrating our 5th wedding anniversary. We have been through so many trials and hard times in the past five years and this ornament just reminds me of how strong we are and what we’ve done to make our marriage work. You can purchase this same ornament on Amazon for less than $10.
The last ornament that I wanted to share with you is one of the most important, most meaningful ornaments. In 2010 we were expecting a baby girl. Unfortunately we were never able to bring our daughter home. I went the whole pregnancy and everything was normal and perfect. However, life does not come with a guarantee. Our daughter was stillborn and we faced something that would change us forever. Each Christmas, my best friend Sarah and I exchange ornaments. In 2012 she gave me this ornament and it will always have a special place on our tree.