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A Mismatched Christmas Tree

Updated on March 6, 2021
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Theresa is married to her high school sweetheart. She loves writing of her family and experiences in life.

My 2013 Christmas Tree Full of Cherished Memories

My 2013 Christmas tree full of cherished memories.
My 2013 Christmas tree full of cherished memories. | Source


Do you want your Christmas tree to actually hold special memories and not just ornaments bought from a store? Well, it can, and it is never too late to start. However, the earlier you start this process the more cherished memories your Christmas tree will hold as each year passes.


I have many different colors on my tree and they are in no way coordinated. That is exactly what I love about my Christmas tree!


I know that everyone's Christmas tree is special for whatever reason. What follows are the reasons why I believe my Christmas tree holds cherished memories for me.



My Christmas Tree Holds Cherished Memories and Your Christmas Tree Can Too!

Special ornament made by my daughter when she was very young with her thumb print on it.  So tiny, sweet and cute!
Special ornament made by my daughter when she was very young with her thumb print on it. So tiny, sweet and cute! | Source


Every year when I put up my Christmas tree, a flood of cherished memories comes back to me. As each year passes, my Christmas tree becomes the holder of more and more cherished memories. Why is this the case? It is because I have a designer Christmas tree with the most exquisite ornaments money can buy? No, in fact, it is quite the opposite.

In my family, I am the keeper of the memories. Therefore, as my children were growing up, and as children do, they make things for their parents in school and just in general on different occasions. I kept everything they have ever made me. This is the case with even Christmas ornaments ever since they were very young. Now, much to my delight and joy, my grandchildren are adding to these cherished memories as each year passes, to include special ornaments to place on my Christmas tree.

Do not get me wrong, for I do have store-bought ornaments too. My Christmas tree is by no means a designer tree with everything having to match. However, to me, I could not find a more beautiful Christmas tree to behold than my very own Christmas tree.


Funny Story Behind This Ornament and Sad One Too

Christmas paper plate ornament with my son's photo on it.  He was wearing a Santa hat and loved making goofy faces then.
Christmas paper plate ornament with my son's photo on it. He was wearing a Santa hat and loved making goofy faces then. | Source


The above Christmas paper plate ornament with my son's photo on it in 1997 is extra special to me now. Oh, it was special back in 1997 too, but it was not until just a few years ago that my son told me about what he and his best friend, Jeremy, did on that day. He told me that he and Jeremy had gotten up in front of the class wearing their Santa hats and started singing Aretha Franklin's R.E.S.P.E.C.T song! I can just see him and his best friend doing such, which made me smile and knowing that, makes the ornament even more special for some reason.


On another note, my son's best friend's dad was in the Merchant Marines and each year Jeremy would always look for his dad to return home for Christmas for he would be gone six months at a time and then home for Christmas. Sadly, Jeremy's dad died a tragic death by falling off a ship and was lost at sea! I will never forget that first Christmas after his dad died when he was at our house playing with my son on Christmas morning. After a bit, I told my son we had to get ready to go to his grandmother's house, who was living in Florida at the time. My son did not notice Jeremy's face with one single tear rolling down his cheek. I heard his friend say, "No, I will not have anyone to play with, except my little sister." Then, he mumbled under his breath and said, "Well, my dad should be coming home soon since it is Christmas." That broke my heart into a million pieces. Since Jeremy's dad's body was lost at sea, he never was able to see him, and I guess in his mind, his dad still should have been coming home for Christmas.


My Son When He Was About Seven Years Old

Stocking ornament made by my son with a photo of him on it at the time.  So cute.  That was when he was so sweet.  I think he was about the age of seven.
Stocking ornament made by my son with a photo of him on it at the time. So cute. That was when he was so sweet. I think he was about the age of seven. | Source

Angel Ornament Made by My Daughter

Laminated paper angel made by my daughter when she was very young.  The other side also has another angel with different colored hair, but that side says Happy New Year.
Laminated paper angel made by my daughter when she was very young. The other side also has another angel with different colored hair, but that side says Happy New Year. | Source

Oops, the One-Eyed Blue Bear

Blue Bear ornament made by my daughter.  I did not have any blue on my Christmas tree at the time, but I did after receiving that ornament and still do!  Looks like one of the poor bear's eyes has gotten damaged over the years. That can be fixed.
Blue Bear ornament made by my daughter. I did not have any blue on my Christmas tree at the time, but I did after receiving that ornament and still do! Looks like one of the poor bear's eyes has gotten damaged over the years. That can be fixed. | Source

Gingerbread Cookie Ornament

Gingerbread cookie ornament made by my daughter when she was very young.  It is rock hard by now!
Gingerbread cookie ornament made by my daughter when she was very young. It is rock hard by now! | Source

Ornaments Made and Given by Friends or Family


Handmade ornaments made by friends and family are so very special too. I really love these three here.

Pinecone Angel

Pinecone angel ornament made by a friend.
Pinecone angel ornament made by a friend. | Source

Hand Stamped Ceramic Ornament

Hand stamped ceramic ornament given by another family member.  Two angels (sisters) watching over little brother in cradle.
Hand stamped ceramic ornament given by another family member. Two angels (sisters) watching over little brother in cradle. | Source

Paper Fan Angel with Dove

Paper fan angel wit dove made by a friend.
Paper fan angel wit dove made by a friend. | Source

Photo Ornaments Make Special Additions Too Each Year


Whether handmade or bought from a store, photo ornaments add sweet memories to your Christmas tree each year. One can even purchase the cutest photo ornaments from the Dollar Tree for one dollar! There is a great variety and they are all so cute. These ornaments are a lot more special than the expensive ornaments one can purchase for sure, at least to me!


Grandchildren and Photo Ornaments

Handmade photo ornament of one of my granddaughters made by a friend.
Handmade photo ornament of one of my granddaughters made by a friend. | Source
Photo ornament of both my granddaughters.  These are great and you can get the ornament at the Dollar Tree!  They have a variety of cute ones each year.
Photo ornament of both my granddaughters. These are great and you can get the ornament at the Dollar Tree! They have a variety of cute ones each year. | Source
Photo ornament of my first granddaughter on her first Christmas.
Photo ornament of my first granddaughter on her first Christmas. | Source
Handmade photo mitten ornament with a photo of my oldest granddaughter.
Handmade photo mitten ornament with a photo of my oldest granddaughter. | Source
Photo ornament with a photo of my grandson.
Photo ornament with a photo of my grandson. | Source
Photo frame of my youngest granddaughter given to us by my father-in-law when she was visiting with him.
Photo frame of my youngest granddaughter given to us by my father-in-law when she was visiting with him. | Source

Ornaments from Traveling Have Special Meaning Too


There are times when one travels, one can pickup a special ornament while on a trip. Many times over the years, while traveling, our family members have purchased ornaments to give to us to place on our Christmas tree.


San Francisco Trolley Car

San Francisco Trolley Car
San Francisco Trolley Car | Source

Yellowstone

Yellowstone
Yellowstone | Source

Special Ornaments Given by Co-Worker


Several years ago, at one place of employment, the President's assistant made each of us in the department special ceramic Christmas ornaments. She was such a dear lady to do such year-after-year. She had taken a ceramics class and made each one of us special ornaments each year with the year painted on the ornament in gold, and our name painted in gold on the other side of the ornament. How special. I will treasure these just because she was so very thoughtful to take the time to do that for all of us.


Ceramic Angel Head with Green Satin Ribbon

Ceramic angel head made by a co-worker.  This one is really beautiful and hangs from a green satin ribbon.  I like to place it near the top of my tree, as it looks like she is looking down at us.
Ceramic angel head made by a co-worker. This one is really beautiful and hangs from a green satin ribbon. I like to place it near the top of my tree, as it looks like she is looking down at us. | Source

Ceramic Christmas Bell with Red Satin Ribbon

Ceramic bell made by a co-worker in 1991.  This one hangs by a satin red ribbon.  My name is painted on the other side of the bell in gold.
Ceramic bell made by a co-worker in 1991. This one hangs by a satin red ribbon. My name is painted on the other side of the bell in gold. | Source

Ceramic Angel

Ceramic angel made by a co-worker in 1992.  The gold paint on this one seems to be wearing off a bit.
Ceramic angel made by a co-worker in 1992. The gold paint on this one seems to be wearing off a bit. | Source

Ceramic Angel

Ceramic angel made by co-worker in 1993.
Ceramic angel made by co-worker in 1993. | Source

Our Pets Are Special Members of Our Family Too


Sadly, earlier this year, we lost our Jack Russell Terrier, Cookie, who was killed. We surely do miss her very much. Of course, we want to take time to remember her as well at Christmas.


Cookie Will Be Missed This Year

Photo of our Jack Russell, Cookie, who was killed earlier this year.  We will miss this special member of our family this Christmas.
Photo of our Jack Russell, Cookie, who was killed earlier this year. We will miss this special member of our family this Christmas. | Source

Meet George, the Newest Member of Our Family, Who Thinks He Is an Ornament

George is the first ornament on the tree this year!
George is the first ornament on the tree this year! | Source

Other Christmas Decorations Made by My Son and Daughter


My son and daughter also made a few other items during Christmas, other than ornaments for the Christmas tree. I thought I would share one my son made, which is a Santa clay pot.


Not pictured here is one of my favorite things my son made me and that is a bowling pin Santa, but poor Santa has had some rough years and need of some repair, so I did not picture him here. However, my son's teacher that year had a great idea for a Christmas craft to make a Santa from a bowling pin. They just painted it red of course, and then used red felt for his outfit and hat and cotton for his beard and hat. They used those stick on button eyes that roll around. Then, finally black felt for Santa's belt. It is awesome!


I know that when your children or grandchildren make something for you it is extra special too and you cherish it as well!


Santa Clay Pot

Santa clay pot made by my son when he was very young.
Santa clay pot made by my son when he was very young. | Source

Even My Husband Has Special Ornaments


The wise man ornament pictured below belonged to my husband's grandmother. His dad had gotten a job with a television station back then around 1965 in Saudi Arabia. We do not know what happened to the rest of the set. His grandmother died a long time before my husband and I were married, and we were married very young at the ages of 18 and 19. I never met his grandmother. My husband said she was the sweetest person he has ever known, and he said that he cannot wait for me to meet her one day. I know I will love her when I do get to meet her one day!


From Jerusalem

From Jerusalem and belonged to my husband's grandmother.
From Jerusalem and belonged to my husband's grandmother. | Source

My Husband Made this with His own Little Hands When He Was Young

Tiny Christmas stocking with my husband's initials on it that he made when he was a young boy.
Tiny Christmas stocking with my husband's initials on it that he made when he was a young boy. | Source

Merry Christmas from My House to Your House

My house, Christmas 2013.  My favorite outside decoration which you cannot see here is a huge star above our garage with blue lights.  It is so serene looking at night and different.
My house, Christmas 2013. My favorite outside decoration which you cannot see here is a huge star above our garage with blue lights. It is so serene looking at night and different. | Source
Simple garlands with white clear lights are on the bannisters and front porch.  On the lamppost are some colored lights with a bow. The two spruce trees have white lights.  The huge star above the garage area has blue lights on it.
Simple garlands with white clear lights are on the bannisters and front porch. On the lamppost are some colored lights with a bow. The two spruce trees have white lights. The huge star above the garage area has blue lights on it. | Source

House at Night with Blue Star Visible

My home at night with the blue star visible over the garage area.
My home at night with the blue star visible over the garage area. | Source


My prayer is that all have a blessed and safe Christmas this year. I love you all.


This is a difficult Christmas this year, especially being that my mother died just last year at Christmas on December, 20, 2012. She was the sweetest person I have ever known in my lifetime. I know I will see her again one day, along with my husband's sweetest grandmother. Merry Christmas sweet mother.


Merry Christmas to all! Peace and love, Faith Reaper

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Hand-painted Nativity given as a gift when traveling in another country.  It is very special.  One cannot see the detail of the painting from the photo on each piece.
Hand-painted Nativity given as a gift when traveling in another country. It is very special. One cannot see the detail of the painting from the photo on each piece. | Source

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