Memories Hanging on the Christmas Tree

Our memories hang on our Christmas tree.

Our memories hang on our Christmas tree.

Over the last five years I have transitioned my thinking and began to focus on experiences knowing that both my son and I will be left with the gift of memories.  Knowing that memories start to fade with time, I try to preserve our memories by making scrapbooks of our special life moments and blogging about our travels.  When we do travel, we often don’t return home with souvenirs.  The one exception is Christmas ornaments.  I love Old World Glass Christmas ornaments and my Christmas tree is full of a collection that defines our life.  The ornaments range from our faith, hobbies, favorite sports teams and past times and of course, our travels.  To me, opening up the box of ornaments to decorate the Christmas tree is better than opening up any present on Christmas morning.

I love walking down memory lane remembering my son’s childhood. Every year when I pull out the blue train ornament from the box, I am reminded of the years that he was obsessed with Thomas the Tank Engine.  I honestly think that he had a hundred different trains.  He literally would spend hours playing at his train table and watching the various Thomas the Tank Engine videos.  Trains really dominated his little life back then and I have fond memories of his excited little face when he was able to ride a life size Thomas the Tank Engine.  Was that really only twelve years ago?  Time goes by so quickly.

Trains were my son's favorite toy from when he was one years old to about six years old.  Now that he is older, I really do miss James, Henry, Annie & Clara-bell.

Trains were my son’s favorite toy from when he was one years old to about six years old. Now that he is older, I really do miss James, Henry, Annie & Clarabell.

Day Out with Thomas 2001 in North Carolina.

Day Out with Thomas 2001 in North Carolina.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Each year that I take out the ornament of Mount Vernon, I am reminded of our first trip that made travel our family hobby.  Back then my son was in the third grade and fascinated with the different presidents.  At that time, neither one of us knew that our newly discovered enthusiasm while exploring would become a catalyst for countless day trips and vacations in the coming years.

Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon

 

November 2008 at Mount Vernon

November 2008 at Mount Vernon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The yellow taxi cab will always remind me of the”$5 dollar cab day” in NYC with two of my best friends, Tracie and Monique.  I can still hear us laughing as we went back in forth multiple times from Tracie’s apartment to Soho.  Just thinking about the fun that we had that day way back in 1998, still brings a smile to my face and happy tears to my eyes.

The "$5 cab day in NYC in 1998 with Tra & Moe...good times!

The “$5 cab day” in NYC in 1998 with Tra & Moe…good times!

This year I added two more ornaments to our collection.  The first one captures the city of  San Francisco, where we spent a few days during our California road trip this past summer.  As I placed it on the tree, I was reminded of  the bonding time I shared with my son while walking five miles from Fisherman’s Wharf to the Golden Gate Bridge.  The time was precious because we were in the fresh air together and I had his full attention since he couldn’t walk and look at his cell phone at the same time.

The second addition was from my visit in May to the Breakers Mansion in Newport, Rhode Island. The shiny ornament brought me back to opulent home where there were countless shiny objects from gold framed mirrors to pieces of art.

Our newest addition, San Francisco

Our newest addition, San Francisco.

Standing by the disappearing Golden Gate Bridge this past June.

Standing by the disappearing Golden Gate Bridge this past June.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Breakers Mansion in Newport, Rhode Island this past May.

The Breakers Mansion in Newport, Rhode Island this past May.

The Breakers Mansion Ornament

The Breakers Mansion Ornament

As I hang each memory on a branch, I find myself back in the moment of a beautiful landscape, in awe of iconic monument, cheering on our favorite team or just reveling in in the  joy that comes with sharing times with loved ones.

LSU vs Tulane 2008

LSU vs Tulane 2008

LSU fans forever!

LSU fans forever!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Big Ben

Big Ben

Big Ben - 2009

Big Ben – 2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2010 Saints win the Superbowl!

2010 Saints win the Superbowl!

One of my son's favorite ornaments.

One of my son’s favorite ornaments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Souvenir from the Kazoo Factory

Souvenir from the Kazoo Factory

The Kazoo Factory in Eden, N

The Kazoo Factory in Eden, NY where the boys made their own Kazoos to take home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lucy & Desi Museum - Oh how I LOVE LUCY!

Lucy & Desi Museum – Oh how I LOVE LUCY!

One of my favorite ornaments.

One of my favorite ornaments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snoopy

Snoopy

Charles Schultz Museum

Charles Schultz Museum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty

One of our many visits to the Statue of Liberty.

One of our many visits to the Statue of Liberty.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yankee fan

Yankee fan

Another one of my son's favorite ornaments.

Another one of my son’s favorite ornaments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our family’s story hangs from the branches of our Christmas tree.

What story does your Christmas tree tell?

Comments

  1. Donna says:

    I love the Breakers Mansion Ornament. I have been looking for one. Do you recall where you purchased it?

    • Sherri says:

      Hi Donna, I actually purchased it in the gift shop of the mansion after I completed the tour. Thanks for reading my post. :)

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