This past weekend we put away all of our Christmas decorations. It is definitely not as much fun putting everything away as it is putting it all out. That being said, one of the things I enjoy doing whether we are putting the tree up or taking it down is looking at all of our ornaments. We have made it a tradition that we buy an ornament everywhere we visit while on vacation. If there aren’t ornaments available, we have been known to purchase key chains, figurines, magnets, etc. and using a glue gun and ribbon or string to make it an ornament. So all of our vacations and travels are represented on our Christmas tree every year. And since we typically go somewhere at least once a year, there is always at least one (or two or three) new ornament to add each year.
This is from our first trip together, which was to Gatlinburg the summer before we were married.
Another “makeshift ornament” from our trip to Dublin in 2009.
This is from our most recent vacation to Ft. Walton Beach in September.
This is a “makeshift ornament” (actually a key chain) from Bacharach in Germany.
This is from our first European adventure back in 2007…it’s pretty obvious which city/country this is from!
This one is from our vacation in Saugatuck. It was our first vacation as a family of three (right after Anya was born) when Anya was only 5 weeks old.
This one is from our honeymoon in Jamaica in 2006.
Munich, Germany from our trip in 2009.
This one was from our 2007 trip. London was the first European city we ever visited.
This is another makeshift ornament from our most recent European trip in 2012. It came from Madrid, Spain.
One of my favorite ornaments from our 2009 trip that included Venice.