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Mark Special Occasions with Hallmark Dated Christmas Ornaments

Updated on November 10, 2012

Every year when I was a kid, my parents always bought a new Hallmark Christmas ornament with the year on it. When I got married, I decided to do the same thing. After 13 years together, 14 Christmases together and 15 Christmas trees together, our tree represents our life together and is chronicled by Hallmark dated ornaments.

Our First Christmas Together Hallmark ornament not only reminds us of being newlyweds and our first year together, but it also reminds us of our first fight over our first two Christmas trees.



My Husband, The Tree Murderer

We had purchased a tree with a plastic bucket attached to the trunk and with two pieces of criss-crossed wood that provided stability. After we filled the bucket up with water, we realized that there was a leak in the bucket which was only obvious to us only after the fact. My husband wanted to leave the bucket on since we didn't have a stand, and I refused, knowing the tree would die a very slow death of dehydration, so off came the bucket.

We purchased a cheap, tinny tree stand and went back to work. We then realized that the tree was not cut for a tree stand so there were several thick branches at the bottom that needed to be removed. We didn't have a saw, but we did happen a hammer, which my husband thought would work just as well despite my protests.

My husband began hacking away with super-human, killer strength at our first beautiful tree’s branches. Pieces of Christmas tree went flying everywhere, and there were huge gouges in the trunk. I began to sob and accused him of being a tree murderer. I insisted that we return the tree. My husband said that nobody returns a tree, the store wouldn't let us, and that if I gave him some more hacking time, he could make it look good. I called Target, crying hysterically, and begged them to let us return the tree because my husband had bludgeoned it. They let us.

When we arrived at Target, everyone was bringing a tree from the store to the car, and we were bringing a tree from the car to the store. We were the only people walking in the opposite direction carrying a tree. My husband hid behind the tree as he carried it. He still maintains that he was hiding because he was embarrassed at returning a Christmas tree. I maintain that he was hiding because he was guilty of being a tree murderer and was ashamed at what he had done to our first Christmas tree.

With branches missing and huge chunks of trunk missing, several store clerks stared at us, undoubtedly wondering what the heck happened to the tree, but none of them uttered one word when they got a look at my swollen, red eyes.

We refer to Our First Christmas Together Hallmark ornament as Our First Two Christmas Trees ornament. We always display it front and center.

Every year, we try to purchase an ornament that represents something significant that happened during the year. We have a dated Hallmark ornament that is a picture frame, and we placed a picture of our new, two-month old puppy inside.

In 2006, our dog found a skunk. We purchased a Hallmark ornament with a snowman and a skunk that reminds us of our smelly dog.

Hallmark dated Christmas ornaments are not only beautiful, but after just a few short years, your Christmas tree can reflect a life together by documenting certain moments in life and marking special occasions that happen in any given year.


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    • Deni Edwards profile imageAUTHOR

      Deni Edwards 

      7 years ago from california

      Thanks for reading!

    • acaetnna profile image


      7 years ago from Guildford

      Great story. Thanks for sharing.

    • Deni Edwards profile imageAUTHOR

      Deni Edwards 

      7 years ago from california

      I like my tree story, too. Of course, at the time, it wasn't very funny or awesome at all. But we do have a good laugh about it every year we decorate the tree.

    • Jillian Barclay profile image

      Jillian Barclay 

      7 years ago from California, USA

      Your tree story is awesome! I love it! Think maybe your husband deserves a pardon, in this case! A hammer? What a great plug for Target, too! They were probably just at a loss and didn't know what else to do! I am sure they did not want to be the cause of a newlywed divorce! There is always a story behind Hallmark ornaments and why they are purchased in a certain year. They are beautiful!


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