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Holiday Memories

November 24, 2007

One of my favorite things to do at this time of the year is to put up a tree. When we lived in Canada, we didn’t put the tree up until about a week before the holiday. Since we’ve moved south, I’ve put it up earlier and earlier every year, BUT I REFUSE to put it up before Thanksgiving. One holiday season at a time please! And lately every year I fuss and bluster that I’m not going to put up a tree this year, but every year I do. And every year, on the day I do, I take a trip down memory lane. I think I continue to put up a tree specifically for the memories.

Memory Lane is a good place to visit. We’ve downsized the tree over the years, so now every ornament on the tree has a special memory associated with a person or a time in our lives.

I hope you enjoy my trip down memory lane:

Small but special, the village underneath is a North Pole grouping that I painted many years ago.

Small but special

My baby boy, so tiny back then.


One of my favorite ornaments, 1987 was a VERY good year! (To be topped off in January 1988!)hpim4078a.jpg

DH’s memories and mine mixed.


Candle holder from Dad, and beaded ornament from Gramma Rose


What would the holiday be without a group of reindeer?


Or two?


And I ran out of camera batteries just BEFORE I could take a picture of the mess I made of the living room doing this today. Impeccable timing! Aren’t you glad?

7 Comments leave one →
  1. November 25, 2007 12:36 am

    Very nice, Judy. I need to go buy a new tree – or two – or three? One for the new formal dining room – one for the Ref’s den, and one for mine? We haven’t had a tree in a few years – I think it’s time for all the trimmings! Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. myolivebranch permalink
    November 25, 2007 8:55 am

    beautiful memories judy. thanks for sharing!

  3. November 25, 2007 11:05 am

    Thanks for sharing your memory lane trip!

  4. freda1951 permalink
    November 25, 2007 5:29 pm

    Thanks for the walk down your memory land Judy. Very good memories they are too. Your tree looks great.

  5. November 25, 2007 7:52 pm

    Thanks for sharing! That was fun!

  6. Grace permalink
    November 26, 2007 2:22 am

    Love the tree! And yes, I usually go on a trip down memory lane when I get all our ornaments out and start decorating the tree. Of course I do it mostly by myself these days…mmmh…kids too big for it I guess.

  7. Peggy Holt permalink
    November 27, 2007 1:14 pm

    Hi Judy, thanks for getting me in the Christmas Spirit. I think that tree is just the right size. All of my decorations are in storage 50 miles away. I may just have to take a cue from you and have a sweet table tree this year.

    Merry Christmas, my friend.

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