by Jan Drexler
A lot of families have "themed" Christmas trees. One of my friends loves the Peanuts comic strip by Charles Schulz, so you can guess what her theme is! Another friend loves red and white decorations, so of course her tree has white lights and red ornaments of all kinds. My cousin is a Chicago Bears fan...yes, you know what her tree is like!
I'm going to share some pictures of my favorite ornaments from our tree - will you be able to guess the theme?
This first ornament came from my husband's parents when we were first married. It had been a part of their Christmas since they were married in 1947. Even though we've lost a few of the ornaments they gave us in our cross country moves, this one and a blue one are still with us!
This ornament and the striped one in the background came from my parents' collection. They bought it when they were first married in 1950. There was a match to this one in blue with the words "Silent Night" on it (my absolute favorite from the time I was a young child.) Sadly, that ornament met its demise our first December in Kentucky when the tree Just. Fell. Over. We can't even blame the cat! For the remainder of the five years we lived in that house, we anchored the top of the tree to the window frame!
I made this ornament when I was about thirteen or fourteen. My mom brought the kit home from work or somewhere - I don't remember where it came from - but she wanted me to put it together. I spent a weekend working on it, and have never made anything with beads since then! It was tedious, and I didn't really enjoy it...but, you know...my mom wanted me to do it. Every time I look at it I'm reminded that at least once in my life I did something just because I loved my mom.
As much as I disliked working with beads, my grandmother loved them! This ornament came as a package decoration when I was in high school. I don't remember what the present was, but this little bell that Grandma made for me has been on my Christmas tree ever since that year.
In 1979 I met this guy... By 1980, we were enough of a couple that he bought me a Christmas present. By the next Christmas, we were engaged. I'll never forget his first Christmas gift to me - this sweet ornament!
My mom and I shared a love for Hummel pictures and figurines. She bought this ornament for me at Bronner's Christmas store in Frankenmuth, Michigan. If you've ever driven up I-75, I know you've seen the advertisements for this store. It's a classic, but it isn't for everyone. Have you ever been there?
In early 2019, we suddenly lost our tri-color corgi, Thatcher. I hate saying goodbye to dogs, don't you? But several months later, we brought Jack home. When I was at Bronner's that fall, I saw this ornament. Jack will have a place on our tree almost as long as he will have a place in our hearts. (Note to self: on our next trip to Michigan, we need to add a border collie ornament for Sam!)
2019 was also the year we moved into our "retirement" home. After moving all over the place for more than thirty-five years, we are finally in a house that we don't plan to sell any time soon, so we bought our first "New Home" ornament. We hope to make many sweet memories in this home!
Have you guessed the "theme" of our Christmas tree?
I think that's one of the things that makes Christmas so special. Not the lights, the music, the presents, or even the tree. It's the memories of Christmases past, spent with people we love - and the opportunity to make THIS Christmas another sweet memory for ourselves and others.
And all because God humbled Himself to become Immanuel...God With Us.
Do you have a theme for your tree? Or would you like to share one of your favorite Christmas memories?
Tell us all about it in the comments!