This past weekend, Michael & I helped decorate his family's Christmas tree (you probably got a sneak peak of this if you follow me on Instagram.) I love decorating for Christmas, and I love a good, old fashioned eclectic Christmas tree. Swapping stories with Michael's family about where different ornaments had come from, and smiling at different hand made ornaments compared to some shiny, store-bought ones was a great way to spend the evening.
My family always had an eclectic tree, too. I cannot wait to visit them right after Christmas and show Michael all the ornaments on that tree! The thought is making me feel super sentimental.
I know that a lot of people either do themed Christmas trees, or are given an ornament every year by a family member, but I love the way my family did ornaments. Every year, sometime during December, my parents would take my brother, sister, and me out to a nicer dinner and then, afterward, we would brave the mall to find us each the perfect ornament.
When we were very young it would normally be something we just plain old liked (mom & dad would sometimes pick out an additional one to represent a special milestone, but not always). If I'm not mistaken, we have a lot of fat cat ornaments from my brother's childhood. As we got older we would try a little harder to find an ornament that represented something about us that year. I have an adorable ornament of a dog wearing a tutu because that was the year that I tried ballet and really wanted a dog.
At the end of the season, my mom would write our name and the year somewhere on the ornament and we would wrap them all up until the next year. Now, every year when we unwrap the ornaments we all take a trip down memory lane. It's so great to smile and recollect together regarding the different ornaments. It's a tradition I really hope to keep up as Michael & my begin creating our own traditions. I don't think I could have a Christmas without an eclectic tree.