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Friday, December 12, 2008

One Of A Kind

We broke with tradition and got our tree today.  Traditionally we get our tree on the 15th as that is Chris' birthday and that's when they got their tree when he was growing up.  Because Chris can't take off work on Monday and our Christmas party is tomorrow, we decided to get the tree today.Isn't she a beaut?  Now, you need to know something about our tree, not so much the tree but the ornaments on the tree.  They are unique to say the least (would you expect anything less from us?)  Decorating our tree is like a walk down memory lane.  We have ornaments from our childhoods, ones that we received as wedding gifts and ones we've collected along the way.  Whenever we go on vacation, we try to get an ornament that will remind us of the place.  We have a light house, a buffalo, the state of Texas, seashells and many, many more interesting ornaments.  

Since you can' t see them really well in the above picture, I've taken some close-ups of a few of my favorites.  Ready?  Here we go...

How many people do YOU know with an orange dinosaur on their tree?  Admit it.  You've NEVER seen an orange dinosaur on anyone's tree.  Well, now you have.
How about a red tractor?  Do you have one of those?  This one came from a farm in St. Louis.  Maybe Maggie can help me out with the name of the place.  I don't remember anymore.
Here's a teepee from the Lake Mille Lacs area.
This guy came all the way from London, which brings back wonderful memories of when Chris worked for Northwest Airlines and we could travel for free ($13/first class ticket to London).  Oh, was that ever fun.  We could barely afford to stay anywhere there or to eat, but getting there was really cheap!
I forget what these little birds are called, but they are a Polish tradition (I think) and they are made out of milkweed pods.  My Dad taught my kids how to make them last year.
The violin is from Vienna.  I've never been there, but Chris got to spend a night there when he went on a missions trip to Kiev many years ago.

This one's from Alaska, courtesy of my sister Deb.
And this one, may well be my all-time favorite.  This was  a Mother's Day gift to me from Evan.  In case you can't read it all, it says "World's Best Mom" complete with a lovely lizard picture.  Things that make you go hmmm.  I'm not sure if he thought I looked like a lizard or if he just liked lizards.  Either way, it makes me laugh every time I see it.

This certainly wasn't an exhaustive display of our unique ornaments, but it gives you an idea of  what OUR tree looks like.


  1. Your tree looks shockingly similar to ours. Minus the orange dinosaur, the teepee, the lizard....

    Can you tell us all how to make the milk weed pod bird? It's lovely.

  2. Barb, I got out my Polish Christmas Customs book to see if I could find out what they were called. It just says "bird". My mother taught me how to make them and we still have them prominently displayed on our tree along with the tim can cover ornament from our first Christmas (49 years ago) when we didn't have much. And some other unique ones. Mom


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