I reluctantly started taking down the Christmas tree and decorations today. I always hate this part, it’s usually kind of depressing. This time, however, I decided to take pictures of each of the ornaments my mom has given me over the last seven years, and share their stories with all of you! This made it more fun (although it’s also a distraction because I still haven’t finished taking the tree down). 🙂
My mom is pretty crafty. Beginning in 2006, she has been making me an ornament every year that signifies something that happened that year. She also puts together packages for my two grandmas, with one gift to open each day of December up to Christmas Day. They both get so excited about having a gift to open each day, kind of like an advent calendar, only way more fun!
This is the first ornament I received for Christmas 2006. I had just returned from living in France for two years, hence the French theme. Mom visited me in Poitiers the year before, and we had a great time eating French cuisine, drinking French wine, and checking out the sites around Poitiers and Paris. The time changed the last night of mom’s trip and no one bothered to tell us (it changes in Europe on a different day than in the US). This was before either of us had a smart phone, otherwise this would not have happened! For this reason, she missed her flight home. It was a little stressful at first, but I thought of it as a blessing because this meant she got to spend one more night with me in Paris!
In the summer of 2009, my mom and I went on a trip to New York City. It was mom’s first time there and my second. The picture above is at a fancy restaurant where we dined one of the nights. We also went to see Wicked and another play on Broadway. We are way overdue for another trip!
I don’t have a handmade ornament for 2010. I guess Mom was short on time that year. haha I moved to Canada in 2010 and became an avid skier that winter. Mom gave me this ornament to remind me of all my weekends skiing in the Canadian Rockies. (too bad there are no mountains near Houston)
And last but not least, Christmas 2013. I don’t know if Mom is planning to make me an ornament for this year. Sometimes she doesn’t give them to me until after Christmas, I guess I’ll just wait and see. Either way, I saw this cute little ornament and had to buy it for myself. It commemorates the year I bought Junebug! Here’s to hoping there will be another exciting event to hang on the tree in 2014. 🙂
Do any of you have fun Christmas traditions that you’d like to share?