My Christmas tree is 20 years old. It still looks brand new. Stephen and I bought it the first year we were dating. In those 20 years, I have collected numerous ornaments that tell a story. I am not one of those “my tree has to be all matching” kind of people. I like diversity. That is just how I roll.
Some of my favorite ornaments and the story behind them.
The oldest ornament on the tree. Stephen made this when he was five years old. It has survived all these years and always adorns the top of the Christmas tree. It is the first ornament that is hung each year and the last one to be taken down.
This ornament was given to me by my husband to remind us of the year we became parents. Robert was born around Christmas time and I have always loved Ernie–so Stephen bought us this so that we could remember that first Christmas.
I have every single homemade ornament the kids have ever made–in school and during our homeschool years. These are some of my favorite ornaments.
This was given to us by some very special friends. I love this because it is a reminder of the Baby who was born to save my soul. We got this the year we gave our lives to Christ. I love seeing this one every year.
I have tons of these ornaments. My mom and I made them together. These remind me of the season where she and I finally was able to communicate all the hurt and anger we had toward one another. These are reminders of the truce we made. It also serves as the reminder of when I truly felt free of any guilt and condemnation. God used this time to heal me and these serve as a reminder of that.
This ornament reminds me of the year I finally decided to homeschool. It was at this moment the decision was made that when I finished my year of being a teacher’s assistant, that I would indeed homeschool our children.
My dog’s favorite ornament–seriously. He guards this ornament every single year when we put it out. His name is “Jingle, Jangle, Jingle”. If you say those words or jingle that ornament–you are in serious trouble.
My favorite ornament of all is this one. It is a reminder that when God became the center of our family, we fell in love with each other. We are all the best of friends and I cannot thank God enough each day for that reminder.
What are some of your favorite Christmas ornaments?