Growing up I always had a real tree, but I have to admit I do keep it up for quite a while. I just love looking at it and really enjoying laying on the couch and reading by it or even enjoy it while I watch TV and work. We bought it about 5 years ago, it is pre-lite and still looks really good. Although I did find a stop that needs some more lights, so thats first on the list for next year. I have NOT had good luck with lights this year, but more on that in a minute!
Another reason I love decorating the tree is pulling all the ornaments out of the boxes every year as we hang them on the tree. A lot of my ornaments are from when I was growing up and even more we have collected together over the past few years. Each one has a memory and lots have stories behind them. It brings so much joy to me just unwrapping each one. Does anyone else feel that way?
Some of my favorites are:
|One of my Strawberry Shortcake ornaments from my little sis a few years ago.As I have said before I am the BIGGEST kid and so nostalgic!|
|My Love a Lot Care Bear, again from my sis.|
|Kind of hard to see, but its a sandollar from one of my best friend's hometowns, Aiken, SC. Its haindpainted and just gorgeous.|
|Kat and I had this made at a Christmas market one of our first Christmases together. Kind of hard to see but our names are both handpainted on as well.|
|Another Strawberry Shortcake from my Sis. She used to be so sweet-not sure what happened. Kidding.|
|Our "word" ornaments. Love them because they are glittery and colorful.|
|One of my most beautiful ornaments, came from the first hotel I opened. The picture does not do it justice.|
|Cabbage Patch from when I was about 3 years old. I remember we got it when we were at my grandma's house visiting. Don't have a lot of fond memories of her so this one is really special.|
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