Maybe like us, you have way too many ornaments. Our Christmas tree last year was over-the-top laden with ornaments, but this year, we wanted to do something different. We wanted to trim the tree with only the special ornaments acquired on our travels. Because when we travel, we always buy a special ornament to remind us of the trip. And this year, we’ve been back together long enough to have collected quite a few.
Backstory: my first husband and I were divorced and living other lives for 27 years when we got back together. No, not from Facebook or anything like that. Destiny. The story is HERE. So all our ornaments from our first, eight-year marriage, are long gone. This collection is only six years old.
So come along and see some of our most special ornaments.
So did this lovely musical angel.
I bought a few of these and will probably hang them like an angelic choir mobile one Christmas.
A gift from our dear friends in Santa Fe, the perfect commemoration of our remarriage. In fact, she knew us in the first go-round and was thrilled to see us reunite in 2009.
From Western Canada, one of the most beautiful places we’ve been.
Bears are very special to me; they remind me of my father. This is a bear, right? Also from Canada.
The Albuquerque balloon fiesta is always a fun event. We had a memorable time there a couple years ago; we’ll never forget how cold those pre-dawn hours at Fiesta Park were!
I found this pretty heart on our most recent trip to Santa Fe.
This one’s from, where else, but London, one of my very favorite places.
I have beautiful memories of teaching at the University of Tampa. I loved my students, my fellow faculty and especially the fantastic women I taught with. I’d teach there again in a heartbeat if I could beam up. My dear Tampa sorella gave me this minaret one Christmas. It’s Plant Hall at UT. Another one from our trip to the European Christmas markets. This might have come from a market in Germany.
From a trip to Santa Fe a few years ago. Isn’t he adorable? My husband had these made for me to remember how close Riley and our sweet Little He were. Little He crossed the Rainbow Bridge almost two years ago, but we talk of him often and we miss him so much. Talk about special ornaments and a perfect gift!
It’s not really an ornament, but something Indian performers use to balance stuff on their heads, like burning candles. We found it in India and thought it made a great ornament.
“Mele Halikimaka!” From our trip to Hawaii in August. And aren’t I lucky–girlfriend invited me to meet her at her beautiful place in just a few weeks! Girls’ trip. Oh, you want to hear the song? HERE.
The “Greatest Dog” bone was a gift from my gay husband.
I think this was, too. I’m embarrassed that my memory sucks while his is sharp as a tack, and he’s a year younger.
So to all of you: Mele Kalikimaka!