In the past few years we've been downsizing quite a bit, and that includes the size of our Christmas tree. The poor little thing is almost listing under the weight of all our memories, enough to make my mother suggest that we should pack up some of our ornaments next year.
That seems like a tragedy to me.
Now, the adult part of me knows that you can;t hold on to everything, and that it would probably be okay to leave some ornaments in the box (or even get rid of a few) just to clear up the clutter. The sentimental baby in me, however, looks at that tree and can't imagine it being without all the beautiful things I've known since my childhood. I can look at that tree and tell you why each thing on it is special and loved. Some favorites are...
Baby Mouse was made by my mother and has been my favorite ornament for my entire life.
We have two cherubs like this, and I think they are just gorgeous. This is my favorite of the two - I love how he's painted. I think they were gifts from my grandmother to my mother.
This is made of paper, and very delicate.
One of the many little bears my mother loves.
Bert, my Brother's heirloom ornament.
Chimney-sweep from Germany
One of the four angel bears that we hang near the top.
Emily's little goose girl.
A nod to our roots, made my one of my aunts. I'm not sure what makes the beaver particularly German, but that's part of the charm.
Christmas trees that are perfectly coordinated are beautiful, and the huge ones in the mall could almost bring you to tears, but I don't think I could love any of them as much as I love this dorky little hodgepodge of my past. It's been a constant in my life, and as reliable as the fact that the Christmas box in our house is always going to smell beautiful when you open it for the first time (like cranberries, candles, and spicy dust. If I could bottle it, I would).
What makes your Christmas tree special to you? Let me know!