My name, Karin, was pretty common when I was growing up...just not the spelling. Unless you are of German heritage like I am. So, I have spent my entire life answering the question, "What is your name"?... With, "Karin...with an "i"! Who knew it would come in handy all these years later when I went to name my blog.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Tree #3

Hey Everyone!

In case you thought I forgot to post about my last tree, I didn't. This one is actually my favorite. I consider it "our" tree. Some of the ornaments that used to hang here, have moved to the theme tree and my childhood tree, but these ornaments are special because they have been gathered over the years that we have been married. Lots of them have come from vacations and gifts, and the memories flood back each year when I pull them out to decorate. I love the skinny-ness too, because it fits perfectly in the corner of the family room, and it's also the one with the colored bulbs.

This little wooden ornament of the manger scene (sorry for the lousy picture!) is one that I got when I was 5 yrs old. I received it from my Sunday School teacher for reciting my part in the Christmas program at church. I still remember my mom making me practice it. She would make me stand at the furthest end of the hallway, and she would be in the kitchen. Then she would make me speak it loud enough for here to hear it. This was so she would be sure everyone in the last pew could here me :) It worked, and I still remember it to this day, Micah 5:2.

Candy canes (in the background of the above pic) are always hung on here as well. I love the traditional look of them, but they were hung all over the tree the first Christmas we were married. Mostly due to the lack of ornaments at the time. That tree the first year, was one of only two live trees we ever had, too.

This is the ornament my dad bought for me the first Christmas after my mom passed away. My mom was the shopper, and I can't even remember my dad physically purchasing anything for me himself, ever. So, corny as it is, it is so special. That's pretty much all I'll say about it, any more and I will start crying at the keyboard...Oops, too late.

Yes, this is Myrna Loy. She is probably most famous for starring in The Thin Man series of movies with William Powell back in the day. Fabulous movies, highly recommend them. She was purchased at a store in Times Square on one of our vacations. There are 6 other old time Hollywood stars that came with her. I love that the dog, Asta, is with her too, and the total strangeness that they would be Christmas ornaments. But, we love old movies and it speaks of our slight eclectic sensibilities. That, and the fact that they are at home on the tree with my Bible Story ornaments.

Love that these are all from the Old Testament, and not directly involved with the traditional Jesus, Mary & Joseph thing. I love that Ruth is carrying her wheat. I accidentally dropped her last year and had to frantically glue her back together. She is the lone woman of the group...the others are Noah, Joseph (in the multi colored coat) Daniel (w/the lion) and Moses.

These last ones are more recent, but Charlie Brown Christmas special is one of our favorites. We watch them all, every year, reciting the catch phrases as we go. I guess we still watch them because they were all on all through our lives. This one lights up, and Linus recites the Christmas story just like on the TV special, ending with, "That's what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown." Hallmark sure knows how to suck away my money. At least I don't hand them any money for cards anymore!

Last, but definitely not least, a mini version of the "Leg Lamp". This came first, before this one, but clearly it wasn't enough!

There are many more ornaments, but I'm sure you have been bored long enough...Besides, I need to leave some to blog about next year :) Thanks once again for indulging me!

Merry Christmas!


C.C. said...

Very pretty! Your ornaments are adorable, I love them all! The Charlie Brown one reminds me of when I was a little girl, I used to love watching their Christmas special. What's inside the one that says Fragile?

TannyP said...

Awwww - I loved learning about your ornaments =) Thanks for sharing, Karin! They all come together to make a beautiful tree.

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