The Vancouver Sun has run a series lately inviting people to send in photos of their favourite ornaments. What’s not been surprising is that nearly all the reader contributions so far have been of home-made ornaments, made by their children. How can you not love a Christmas light bulb reindeer made by your child in kindergarten?
When I asked my husband John what his favourite ornament is, he just looked overwhelmed. “How can we possibly choose? We have 25 years worth of ornaments on our tree, all of them with memories attached!”
It’s true. John and I have a tradition of purchasing an ornament from wherever we travel, so we have ornaments from all over the world: Canada, the United States, Ukraine, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Mexico, and elsewhere. We also have home-made ones from our son Aaron and others that are gifts from friends. Unpacking and hanging these each year is such a joy because it brings back such good memories.
Home made ornaments are a wonderful gift and my friend Marlene shared a link to a great website called “Pretty Handy Girl” (don’t you love the play on words there?) This post shows you how to make beautiful ornaments by recycling old beveled-glass and brass lamp fixtures. I’ve seen these fixtures so often at thrift shops and you’d be able to make a whack of ornaments from one fixture. I think these would make great grandparent and teacher gifts. I’d love to include a photo here but her photos are all copywritten, so you’ll have to visit her blog and enjoy the photos there – she gives you step by step photo instructions!
What’s your favourite Christmas tree ornament?