|Decorating the Tree!|
I love decorating the tree. My mother was a perfectionist when it came to the tree (Ever have lights taken off 4 times before it was declared ok to put on decorations?) and I inherited a little of that desire for perfection. Not nearly as bad, thank goodness. But I did spend a good amount of time rearranging the ornaments the kids and husband put on.
It's awesome to see how the number of ornaments have grown over the years. Our first tree in 1999 was probably the most pitiful little tree ever. It was (literally) bought from a gypsy in Cork, Ireland. They didn't have any tree stands, at least not something we know as a tree stand. Instead, we bought a little tree pot, which was filled with dirt and the tree placed in that. We had no saw, so there was no fresh cut, and it's no doubt as to why by the end of the holiday the poor thing had barely a needle left on it.
My aunt had sent a bunch of cute ornaments, and I bought a few generic ones from a pound shop that I later donated. I made paper garlands, and ornaments, and I can't even tell you what was on top. Probably some cheap star...but it was our first tree, shared only with our roommate from Taiwan, and I'm pretty sure we were the only students in Dean's Hall who had a tree.
As the years have gone by, we've accumulated quite a few ornaments- handmade and Hallmark. I have all but the first year of the Mischievous Kitten series (I'd love the first year one!) and the Penguin Pals series (not all of them, sadly.) But here are some of my favorite ornaments on the tree this year.
|40 years of Buffalo Hockey|
|Lilia's 1 year ornament.|
|Lilia's "first" ornament|
|Mommy's First Ornament|
I love my tree, each and every year. It's such a nice collection of us then, and now. And I love how it just grows with us. And when the time comes, each kid will have their own collection of ornaments that they will use for their own trees. For some reason, that makes me all happy.