Christmas Tree Travel

Small "overflow" tree

“A man is wealthy who has enough” said Chinese philosopher Lao Tze.  Even if we didn’t always appreciate it, we have been wealthy for a long time.

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

From the parents

Kresge’s and Woolworth’s are showing their age, but we also strung popcorn and cranberries (which are long

Georgia 1969

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.

Knitted by my mother

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.


Some weren’t even designed as ornaments.  Often they were key chains.  Some were pins and beads, and our Deadhorse, Alaska ornament is actually two stickers pasted back to back on a piece of cardboard.

 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

Helena, GA

reindeer that reminded us of a moose.

Ruidoso, N.M.

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).

Zuni - New Mexico

Then there are those that started life with a different purpose altogether, often as a toy or other decoration.

Gibraltar - toy ape

But however they came to us, we love them all.


About ralietravels

Ray and Alie (Ralie) are a retired couple who love to travel. Even during our working years, we squeezed a trip in whenever we could, often when we had to stretch the budget to do so. We have been fortunate to vacation in all 50 states, all the provinces of Canada and one territory and a little more than 50 countries. We like to drive, but we particularly love to travel back roads to find unusual sights, people, and experiences.
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