Oh Christmas Tree!

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I love Christmas! While I’m not super great at decorating — all that clutter tends to stress me out — I do love our Christmas tree.

When my husband and I celebrated our first Christmas together, almost 30 years ago, we didn’t have any ornaments for our tree. At that time I decided that we would each get a special ornament every year. As the children were born, we gave them each an ornament. Family and friends helped along the way. We currently have enough ornaments to decorate several trees!

Not surprisingly, my teenage daughter does not like these orphan, hand-made decorations. She prefers a cohesive look and store-bought ornaments that match the lights. So our current tree is a mixture of the old and the new. It will probably be a couple of decades before she recognizes how wonderful it is to have ornaments that represent each year of your life. Meanwhile, I have a son who will be starting his own Christmas traditions soon … it will be hard to see some of his ornaments leave the nest!

Since my mom is a (very crafty) quilter, we have been the recipients of many of her ornaments over the years. I thought I’d share a few with you.

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Patchwork stocking ornament, made by my mother

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Mrs. Santa Claus. I made many needlepoint ornaments over the years, using yarn and plastic canvas. This one was made sometime in the 1980’s.

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Our gorgeous log cabin tree skirt, made by my mother in the 1990’s.

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My son’s first Christmas, made by my mother in 1994.

xx

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