One of my absolute favorite things about Christmas is decorating the Christmas tree. I have memories going back to when I was a kid, gathered in the living room with lights, garland and ornaments surrounding us. Christmas music playing in the background and drinking hot chocolate.
My parents never had a "themed" tree. My mom collected ornaments and whether she bought them or was given, all had a special meaning. Her love of ornaments rubbed off on me, and I started collecting them not long before we bought our first home.
The first ornament I purchased for our tree the first year we lived here was a round ball ornament, and I had my fathers name put onto it. Unfortunately, it got broken 2 years ago (I was pretty heartbroken about it); Santa however managed to find a small personalized bell/ball ornament with his name on it, and it made it's way into my stocking that year. Not the same as the one I bought, but makes me happy to see it.
Most of the ornaments on our tree tell a story:
My mom bought us a "Our first home" ornament in 2004 when we celebrated our first Christmas (also happened to get engaged that Christmas morning)
We were given bride and groom ornaments from both my mom and hubby's parents in 2006, the year we wed.
There are so many ornaments on our tree that tell a story - the small salt dough hand print of Mr. J's from his first Christmas that I gave hubby that year (2007).
Mr. J and Mr. K's first Christmas ornaments (they are round ball ornaments that were hand painted and personalized from a family friend)
What is your Christmas tree like? Do you create a theme every year, or is it more a collection of eclectic ornaments that each tell their own story? I would love to hear what your favorite ornament is!