Which are your favorite ornaments and why?

NYC

I think we got this ornament before we moved from New York City in in 1998. I love it so much, and I love that it has the Twin Towers.

I was looking at our Christmas tree the other day and realized that most of the ornaments are from places that we have visited or lived. Of course we have some ornaments that were balls bought at Target but most of them have some meaning.

Some of the ornaments were made by the children in preschool and some have their baby pictures in them or on them.

My mother actually started my tradition of picking up ornaments when I travel. When we were children, she would always buy three ornaments from places we visited. She would buy one for herself, one for me and one for my brother. She had a collection for each of us for when we got married. (I’m not as thoughtful or apparently as wealthy as my mom — I’m not buying four of each ornament.)

She also has bought us probably 20 years worth of Rich’s cut crystal tree ornaments. I love the Rich’s ornaments because they remind me of our annual visits to the Rich’s tree and the Pink Pig when it was downtown on top of the Rich’s building. (I forgot to post one of those.)

So I posted a few of my favorite ornaments and why I like them.  (Yes, my tree is fake. It started as convenience when our kids were babies but now I’m allergic to Christmas trees.) I would love for you guys to tell us about your favorite ornaments and why and also would love for you to post them to the Momania Facebook page.

Grand Tetons

This is a new ornament from last summer's camping trip to Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Tetons. Both parks were amazing but we especially loved how relaxing and quiet the Tetons were.

We weren't that crazy about Tombstone but I do love this ornament.

We weren't that crazy about Tombstone but I do love this ornament.

When Rose was a Brownie we took her to the Juliette Gordon Low house in Savannah. I love this ornament because when I look at it I remember the trip with my parents.

When Rose was a Brownie we took her to the Juliette Gordon Low house in Savannah. I love this ornament because when I look at it I remember the trip with my parents.

Of course I love baby photos in ornaments and ornaments created in preschool. This is Lilina.

Of course I love baby photos in ornaments and ornaments created in preschool. This is Lilina.

My mom was on a kick for a few years of giving Michael UGA ornaments. We have a bunch similar to this, and I love them, But they seem very fragile.

My mom was on a kick for a few years of giving Michael UGA ornaments. We have a bunch similar to this, and I love them, But they seem very fragile.

We got the princess ornament at Disneyland last year. Lilina loves that one, and there's another UGA ornament in the background.

We got the princess ornament at Disneyland last year. Lilina loves that one, and there's another UGA ornament in the background. It looks like something vey bad happened to the Lisa Simpson ornament.

This ornament was given to me by a child in 1995 when I taught Sunday School in State College, Pa. I love thinking about that little fellow. He's probably 29 now! (I am so old!)

This ornament was given to me by a child in 1995 when I taught Sunday School in State College, Pa. I love thinking about that little fellow. He's probably 29 now! (I am so old!)

Boba Fett is new but the Air Force Academy ornament was bought for me in high school when we visited.

Boba Fett is new but the Air Force Academy ornament was bought for me in high school when we visited Colorado. The half ornament in the upper right is from Mystic, Conn. Michael's aunt bought it for us when we visited in the mid-1990s..

Share with us about your favorite ornaments and also post photos of them to the Momania Facebook page.

27 comments Add your comment

catlady

December 18th, 2013
6:56 am

My faves? The half dozen I have from the 1950s, ones my children made, and ones my school children made.

Joeseph

December 18th, 2013
7:07 am

You really get paid for this crap? UGA ornaments…. the only university in 200+ years which has never produced a Nobel winner and never will. If you drive through Athens really slowly at night with your windows down, they throw a diploma in your car!

You have a college degree and someone actually pays you for writing this garbage? Incredible.

Kat

December 18th, 2013
7:23 am

@Joseph: You seem like a pretty slow person, so I’ll make this easy on you. Stop reading the column if you feel the writing is not up to your standards, you don’t find the topics interesting, or you have some vendetta against a university that probably wouldn’t accept you.

Having said that, I love the ornaments on your tree, Teresa. Artificial or not, they hold beautiful memories and ongoing traditions via the ornaments. Plus, they don’t leave needles all over the floor or need to be watered!

PHR

December 18th, 2013
7:41 am

I love your ornaments and I do the same thing. I buy ornaments on our family travels so that I can bring back the wonderful memories of our vacations. I also commemorate each year with one of those personalized ornaments of the family. I have penguins, frogs, candy canes, stockings, etc. They are so much fun. My favorites are snowmen.

Mayhem

December 18th, 2013
7:45 am

A tradition in my family…every year since we were little, my brother and I have taken turns giving mom an ornament. Every year she pulls out the decorations and we remember when it was given to her. She still has a snowman I made in Kingergarten. It’s close to 50 years old….

My kids now carry on that tradition with me. This year they all made an ornament and they are already on the trees. Yes, trees……we do more than one Xmas tree…..

Jessica

December 18th, 2013
8:12 am

I have some pretty glass ornaments near the top of the tree, but the bottom half of my tree is decorated with things my kids made and about a hundred of their favorite small plush animals and toys. It looks festive, and nothing gets broken when the kids and dogs decide to play a little too close to the tree. One day the kids will be grown and I’ll have an elegant Christmas tree. For now, I’ll enjoy our kid-friendly decorations.

Mother of 2

December 18th, 2013
8:13 am

We all have different favorites in my house. Mine remind me of special people and places we have been. My tree will never be photographed for a magazine, but it’s the most beautiful thing in the house at Christmas time because of the wonderful memories.

Our trees are decorated...

December 18th, 2013
8:14 am

…similarly to what TWG and Mayhem do. We have multiple ornaments from places we have been on the main tree, and my wife made “ornaments” (really just hanging pictures) out of pictures of our kids at places we have visited over the past 28 years for the tree downstairs. I think I like the pictures of the kids through the years more, but the nostalgia of where we have been is great, too.

motherjanegoose

December 18th, 2013
8:21 am

Love your ornaments TWG. We too have a varied collection of ornaments. We have given our kids an ornament each year. Depends on what they were up to. We have a GA Tech ornament, when my son was in HS and considering Tech. We laugh about it each year. Who knows what things would be like if he would have went that route. I bought my daughter a Spode plate and spoon ornament this year, as she love to cook. Also a nutcracker. My sister also gives us ornaments. I have oodles of ornaments from when I taught and it is fun to remember the students. I love the little shoes that have my children’s names on them. We got one for each on their first Christmas. Our tree may look random but it holds lots of memories for us. I appreciate beautiful designer trees but have never had one at my house.

Becky

December 18th, 2013
8:58 am

@Joseph..Yes, Theresa gets paid for this “crap”..So move on and let the rest of us enjoy reading and commenting on this “crap” Thank you for your time..Have a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year..

I too have ornaments that mean a lot to me from years past for the kids..I have some that my nieces and nephews made (years ago)..I have one from my trip to Paris..The girl has one from the Rockettes that we cherish..I have several from places that we’ve been with the kids name on them..Like others on here, our tree is a hogepoge (sp) of different ornaments and I wouldn’t trade it for any designer tree in the world..

Stacey

December 18th, 2013
9:27 am

My favorite ornaments are some little cheap reindeer ( I got something like 6 to a pack at the Dollar Tree). I bought them when my son around two because I had upgraded to a larger tree and didn’t have enough ornaments nor a lot of money. As I decorated, little one went behind me and pulled all of the reindeer off because he said they were his horses. No amount of convincing would make him believe that they weren’t horses nor that the should stay one the tree until after Christmas. I gave up and let him keep them and went out and bought snowflake ornaments instead. Several years later when he was cleaning out his toy box and found a dozen or so Christmas ornaments and wanted to know why they weren’t with the other Christmas decorations and I told him the story. We laughed about it and he returned them to me.

xxx

December 18th, 2013
9:45 am

Tacky must be in this year.

FLNavyWife

December 18th, 2013
10:36 am

My favorites are the ones my mom has given me…she always makes sure to find an ornament relating to each of the various places we’ve lived as part of my husband’s military career (e.g., a mermaid in Norfolk, VA (the city’s “mascot” is the mermaid), a ruby-red slipper and sunflower during our time at the War College in Kansas, etc.) She gets the beautiful blown-glass ones and they go at the top of the tree where our lab’s tail can’t reach them:) Now that we have a baby, I’m enjoying adding new ornaments that we can pass down to our children someday.

Democrat Man

December 18th, 2013
10:39 am

Do you get paid to write this dribble?
You should be writing about the wonderful job Obama is doing transforming America.

Thirsty Intown

December 18th, 2013
11:25 am

Im with Joseph. …..this is a rather lame subject.

To those that attacked him for his remarks, get a life. You dont have to read them. Further, comments are allowed and i dont recall seeing any rules against expressing opinion.

Rebecca

December 18th, 2013
11:38 am

For the Scrooges commenting on Teresa’s blog entry, if you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say it. I love an ornament my husband & I bought at Rockinghorse Antiques (Marietta, GA) in the mid-80’s. It’s a little cat sitting on a ball, one of those glass German ornaments. I also love the glass hummingbirds I bought at Rich’s the year that I worked there during Christmas. I collect santas & snowmen to display and some favorites are a snowman my daughter made in the 4th grade from a tiny flower-pot & golf ball; a vintage santa in a sleigh from the 50’s that I rescued from my mother’s ornaments; and another vintage santa my daughter found in the junk pile in an antique store in my home town. My newest ornament was created by an artist friend of mine. So many ornaments to cherish!

Blue Fish in a Red Lake

December 18th, 2013
11:44 am

Some people obviously had horrible childhoods that they didn’t recover from, to judge by their comments here!

For me, I love how your ornaments tell a bit of your family history!

In our house, I have “my” tree that has the delicate stuff on it. On that tree, my prizes are the Swarovski Snowflakes that I started buying the year I met my husband (boy have those things gotten a lot more expensive since that time!), and the Square 1 ornaments I get of the kids artwork each year. It also has some antique glass ornaments contributed by both sides of the family. Then we have the “family” tree, which has ornaments the kids have handmade and the ornaments they pick out each year, as well as whatever else gets tossed on it. It’s certainly the more colorful of the two trees, where Mom’s tree is much more sparkly! Both are fake trees, though as far as I can see, fake trees can shed almost as much as a real one!

Vitas

December 18th, 2013
12:46 pm

I agree, she actually gets paid for writing this pure crap – this is the end of the internet.

Crap, pure crap.

WitchyWoman

December 18th, 2013
1:06 pm

First of all the several negative comments are probably by the same person. Some lonely internet troll with nothing better to do. Today’s blog is upbeat and fun. Some people can’t deal with that and that’s OK. If being bitter and mean gives them joy then Theresa has given them an early Christmas present.

As for the ornaments, I think they are lovely. We don’t have it as a tradition, but I think we may start one because my daughter has picked her own special ornament for the past three years.

Patrick

December 18th, 2013
1:20 pm

Awesome ornaments. We got a small, 2-foot fiber optic tree from Wal-Mart about two weeks ago. First tree we’ve had in over 20 years.

When I was a kid, one of my favorite ornaments was a candy cane that I’d “made”. It was a kit that featured a frame (probably made of lead mercury), and little chips of red and white plastic. You’d place the chips in one of the spaces in the frame, alternating red and white. I think it came with a guide, telling you which color to put in which spot. You’d then bake the entire ornament and the chips would melt, then harden.

We also had this translucent bear that could be mounted on a Christmas tree light. There was a small hole on the underside, and my mom would ask me what color the bear should be this year. I’d pick the color, and the light would shine through the little bear.

(the other) Rodney

December 18th, 2013
1:51 pm

My favorites are the ones my sister and I made when we were in grade school (30+ years ago). One, a mouse asleep in a matchbox and the other a wreath made by stringing beads on a milk jug ring.

Also there’s a slew of “heirloom” ornaments that are special favorites simply because they belonged to Grandparents.

Denise

December 18th, 2013
2:37 pm

This is really making me smile. We don’t have traditions like this. I’m not a Christmas person. Not into decorations and the like because I’ve never spent a Christmas at MY house, always at “home” in Louisiana. My mother is serious about her tree. She makes a lot of her ornaments, like small boxes she’d wrap like gifts to hang on the tree. She always has a beautiful tree. Probably won’t have one this year because she’s been sick but it’s really just her thing. No one else will miss it when we visit her, as she is the most important part of the visit. Maybe if we had “special” ornaments like some of you have it would mean more to me. In a way, i’m feeling a little jealous…well, mostly happy that you all have this with your families.

Side note – Mama’s surgery went will. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. Means a lot.

Becky

December 18th, 2013
3:44 pm

@Denise..So happy to hear that your Mom’s surgery went well.. Thank you for wishing us happiness during this stressful time for you.. :)

My husband will crack open walnuts where the shells aren’t cracked into a million pieces, then he will put money in them, glue them back together and and paint them..Then he hangs them on the tree for the kids to “find” He has been doing this for about 6 years or so and htey love this tradition..

motherjanegoose

December 18th, 2013
3:49 pm

@Denise…great news. I hope I can swing by and see you when I am in Texas this spring!

FCM

December 18th, 2013
4:43 pm

hugs Denise! So good to hear about your Mom!

Atlanta Mom

December 18th, 2013
9:39 pm

Most of my favorites are the preschool ornaments made by my children. But I have one from my childhood, it’s plastic and you can stick a light it the back of it (doesn’t work very well with the small bulbs we have today), and in the fore front there is Bethlehem with the wise men riding by, and the star in the East is prominent–as long as you choose a yellow bulb to stick in the back. Very 50’s, very tacky.

DB

December 18th, 2013
11:38 pm

I’ve been collecting the Swarovski crystal snowflakes for almost 20 years, now, and I love them — so delicate and pretty. I’ve always got an eye out in October for when Costco puts them out — they usually don’t last long! My uncle, a former Broadway costume designer, handcrafts ornaments out of velvet, brocades, lame’s, etc. and Austrian rhinestone crystals that are absolutely exquisite. Until they were about 10 or 12, he did one for each child each year, with the number of rhinestones surrounding the photo representing their age. I also have one that he did that is a wonderful hot air balloon! That’s the main tree — about 12 feet.

The “travel tree” is a 8 ft. tree with the collection of ornaments from all the places we’ve visited — the National Parks, places like Williamsburg, the Northwest, Caribbean islands, European places.

Another smaller tree is from different places in Washington, DC — the Senate, the Supreme Court, the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian, the White House, etc., etc. Many of these places have annual ornaments, like the White House, with a historical flavor. My mother has a complete set of the White House ornaments, and it’s been fun to see how elaborate they have become over the years. She also has a tree with Waterford ornaments and sterling silver snowflakes, but I’m not a big fan of the Waterford ornaments — they just seem too heavy and ponderous to me.