My name is Crystal, and I’m an ornament-a-holic.
There, I’ve said it.
Although this may be news to most of you, it will come as no surprise to my family, and to the friends that happen to live nearby. I’m actually a little amazed that they haven’t gotten together and staged an intervention for me years ago. But then, maybe they’ve been enjoying the festive ambiance of my ornament fever??? 😉
This “fever” began right after I got married. I had always loved Christmas but that year, as a new bride, I was decorating a tree in my very own home for the first time! It was so much fun to shop for colorful strings of lights and boxes of glass and satin ornaments (satin was so “in” then). And during that time, I remember reading an article in a women’s magazine that recommended buying one very special ornament every year so that eventually your tree would look amazing. I absolutely fell in love with that idea! From then on, each summer, we’d begin to look for that year’s “special ornament”.
After our daughters were born, we began collecting an ornament per year for each of them, too. Our thought was that they’d each have a fairly sizable collection by the time they were out of the nest with trees of their own! I should mention that when that time eventually came, Mama Bear was very surprised how hard it was to say goodbye to those ornaments! After all, they had been on our family tree for so long, they were old favorites! I remember when the girls wanted to take the ornaments to their college dorms and I said “Ohhh, well, yeah, ummmmm, but don’t you want to wait until you have your own apartment?” LOL They were sweet enough to humor me for a few more years . . . but I digress.
So all of this ornament collecting sent us in many directions. We bought some breathtaking glass ornaments. We received special ornaments as gifts occasionally. We’d always hit the after-Christmas sales for our favorite Hallmark ornaments. However, the ornaments I cherish most are the handmade ones. We found a few at craft fairs, but my daughters and I made most of them! (Click here and scroll down the page.) The girls began making simpler styles when they were quite young, but as they grew a little bit older, they were stitching tiny treasures that would melt your heart.
After a while, there was no way that all of the ornaments would fit on our tree, so we began to have a different theme each year. One year it would be all glass ornaments; the next it was just the Hallmarks; the year after that – all handmade. Then there were the times we would just do a blend of all the styles we had, but only our very favorites from each style.
You’d probably think that by now, the novelty of buying new ornaments would have worn off, but I still love to find a new ornament for the girls when I can. I also buy a new one – or three – for their father and me. (I have to make up for all the ones the kids finally did take, ya know!) And I still enjoy making ornaments, so I usually try to add a couple of those each year, as well.
By the way, have you noticed that the Christmas ornaments are on display in the Hallmark stores now? If anyone is looking for me, check there first! 😉
Here’s another Sameo-Sameo. I love Christmas ornaments. If I have too many, I just hang them all over and set up another tree.
When my daughter was young, I started giving her several Hallmark ornaments a year. She has the complete set of several of the series. I did the same thing for my grandsons when they were first born, but have fallen away from that since Hallmark has become too expensive.
I have all the things the boys have made over the years too. My youngest grandson always made the Thanksgiving centerpiece at school and brought it to my house. He also collects Nutcrackers and have brought some over to my house to decorate every year, with the understanding that they can’t stay. Jokes on him cause he lives here now!!
My oldest grandson always likes to set up my extensive village scene. I love that because I hate to mess with the electrical part of it.
So all are into Christmas here ‘cept Terry. I cured him one year though of grumping. I took the tree back down. He realized how upset he made me and it was back up when I came home from work the next day. No scrooges in MY house!!
I can’t tell you how much I LOVED this post! Your ornaments are sooo beautiful Crystal! I think you should be making them to sell along side your beautiful jewelry! Like you are an ornament-a-holic, I’m a Halloween-Thanksgiving-Christmas-a-holic! Nothing makes me happier than that time of the year…and we’re almost there, YAY!!!!!! Oh! I forgot to tell you, I’m also a snow-a-holic! The more the better. Heck, if I had my way, it would start snowing the day after Halloween, and continue on till the end of March…but then again, if I REALLY had my way, we would just skip summer altogether! Hugs, Paulette
I am an ornament addict,too! lol I love vintage ones but have a hard time finding them. Also, I love to put ornaments in baskets and glass containers. They look pretty on a table or shelf! Sometimes I will surround them in pinecones or sprinkle fake snow on them .