I finished decorating the Christmas tree over the weekend. Opening up those boxes and getting out the ornaments is like a trip down memory lane. I’ve added many ornaments to my collection over the years, and even deleted a few. But the ones I thought I would share with you now are the ones that I made myself.
I can still remember my very first Christmas tree. I mean the one that I bought myself for my first apartment. I can remember carrying it home (it was small) because I didn’t yet own a car. I must have bought a set of lights, but other than that, the only other ornaments on the tree were hand-strung garlands of popcorn and cranberries. I thought that tree was beautiful.
After my husband and I moved into our first house, I made ornaments for the tree for two reasons. One was financial, certainly, as we had so many expenses just starting out and Christmas tree ornaments weren’t a priority. But the other reason was that I wanted the tree to be pink- and cream- colored, and this was before the era of decorator trees. If I wanted pink and cream ornaments, I would have to make them myself.
Then, over time, I bought some very nice kits from Mary Maxim catalogues. There were intricate embroidered ornaments, sewn and stuffed into various shapes. A set of glass balls was decorated with ribbons, flowers, and lace. My favorite was a set of lace doilies that were painted with glue and formed into various shapes. Once they were dry, they were embellished with flowers, pearls, ribbon and greenery.
I went to a ladies’ Christmas event at church one year where we learned how to make a lovely ornament from a string of beads. I liked that ornament so much, I went straight out and bought a spool of pearl-colored beads and made myself a set of twelve! Those ornaments, along with purchased icicles, really transform my tree every year.
Our Christmas tree now has a lot of store-bought ornaments on it too, and they are special for different reasons. But I always enjoy opening those boxes of handmade ornaments and all the special memories that go along with them.