We have always loved Christmas and enjoyed decorating for it. And we are sentimental, so we still have some of the ornaments from the first Christmas tree we put up while in the Army in Georgia in 1969. Some of the ornaments bought at
Kresge’s and Woolworth’s are showing their age, but we also strung popcorn and cranberries (which are long
gone) and went out into the woods and found pine cones.
It is no accident; the angel on our tree has red hair, although it has faded somewhat over the years. And it was no accident that in 2002 while driving some students through Germany, I bought a red-headed witch. But I swear, it was not until we went to hang her on the tree that I realized she had a tag that said her name is “Alice.” That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
But the years have been good to us, and at some point, we realized we didn’t need more “stuff.” We still wanted souvenirs from our trips, however, so we began to buy Christmas ornaments.
As Alie often points out, the ornaments bring back fond memories when we hang them on the tree, when we take them off the tree in January, and for the rest of the year, they don’t have to be dusted.
Now we have so many ornaments, we have added a small tree to show off some of them.
As noted, some are ones we just bought a long time ago. Some we bought just because we liked them, and some have been gifts from friends and relatives. But many are mnemonics of our travels.
Our first truck was so big and had such huge tires, Alie named it “Moose.” So we have often purchased moose ornaments – and an occasional
reindeer that reminded us of a moose.
Sometimes we buy them just because they are funny.
Some themes seem to show up often. There are boats, lighthouses and animals and a few personalized ornaments. Some are produced by native Americans (I like the term, “first Americans” better).
Then there are those that started life with a different purpose altogether, often as a toy or other decoration.
But however they came to us, we love them all.