If you were around here last year, you may remember that my Christmas tree is not what many would consider a “pretty” tree.
I don’t color coordinate.
I don’t have a whole lot of beautifully detailed ornaments.
There aren’t even many breakable ones on there.
But it is filled with meaningful ornaments – some that aren’t even supposed to be ornaments.
And many are unusual.
But so am I.
So, when Rachel from Like a Saturday asked me to be part of her Christmas Traditions blog tour, I couldn’t say yes fast enough – I love sharing our weird traditions. Then, Gina from The Shabby Creek Cottage asked me to be in her Christmas Spectacular this week too, so its like Christmas extravaganza over here.
If you are hopping over from Just a Girl and Her Blog (who is before me in the Christmas Traditions tour), or any of the other fabulous ladies in these two tours, welcome!
I’m going to chat about some of our unusual, but meaningful ornaments that you probably have lying around your house too.
1. Baby Shoes
I’m not one to get the kid’s shoes bronzed. I’ve never really been a fan of that. However, those very first Nikes of hers I will keep forever. (I’m a bit of a Nike snob.) Her first pair will grace our tree (complete with dirt) every year.
2. Sentimental Family Heirlooms(?)
Ok, so glasses aren’t technically considered an heirloom. However, these were my Grannie’s glasses that were in her beloved Cadillac Sedan Deville. They usually stay in a tray in my office so I can look at them and smile every once in a while, but during Christmas I like to put them on the tree so everyone can enjoy them.
Speaking of that Cadillac, there’s the key that opened its door. Us southerners tend to get attached to vehicles very easily. We can usually tell you exactly what make and model we were driving when we learned to drive a stick shift (1989 Chevrolet Cheyenne Long Bed Truck), caused our grandfather to beat on the dash because he thought we were going to run off the mountain (1994 Dodge Dakota), got pulled over for the first time (1989 Cadillac Sedan Deville), and ran into the ditch and couldn’t get out (2003 Dodge Ram 1500).
4. Special Toys
These keys have been around for as long as I can remember. I played with them at my grandparent’s house as a kid and I’m pretty sure my dad and uncle did too.
Anyone else remember the snap bead necklaces? When I was a little girl, my dad and I would go and buy my great-grandfather his groceries every week. He would usually give me a dollar to two to get something, and I always opted for these bead necklaces.
5. Cake Toppers
Fun Fact: Mine and Grunt Labor’s cake topper was what you see above – a Barbie and GIJOE figurine. Instead of them staying in a box all year long, they are on the tree. I’m sure you could take a normal cake topper too and nestle it into the Christmas tree.
6. Small Stuffed Animals
It just occurred to me that this probably falls under toys. Whatevs. When I was a little girl, my grannie would put stuffed animals on the Christmas tree for me. These are two of the ones she put on the tree for me and I still put them on my tree every year.
7. PEZ Dispensers
These aren’t quite as meaningful as the rest – besides the fact that I just love Batman – but they are pretty fun. At a yard sale a few months back, I found a box full of PEZ dispensers for a quarter each. I snagged this Batman one and a few other favorite characters that are gracing my Christmas tree. And really – who doesn’t just love PEZ candy?
Do you have any unusual Christmas ornaments?
Next up in the Christmas Traditions Tour is An Inviting Home!
And don’t miss the other ladies in the Christmas Spectacular either:
White Chocolate Cranberry Poke Cupcakes from The Shabby Creek Cottage
Giant Yarn Pom Pom Garland from My Fabuless Life
DIY Wine Glass Bow from Desert Domicile
Be Merry Christmas Printable from Live Laugh Rowe
You know you don’t wanna miss any of this crazy.
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