A memory is a photograph taken by the heart...to make a special moment last forever...and of all the memory-pictures that happy times can bring, the best are those that families make together ~
~ Author unknown

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Mom's Christmas Tree Jewels ~ Memory Count Down ~ Day 1

ca ~ 1950's 

Once again, the Christmas season is upon us. As I carry in the treasure boxes filled with my beautiful mom's (1933~2010)  Christmas ornaments and decorations, I reminisce about Christmas' past.

Mom had an amazing knack for Christmas decorating, she loved Christmas and every Christmas, growing up was magical. I use to tease her and tell her she should have worked for Macy's - decorating their Christmas display windows.  When you walked into mom's house, it's as if you took a trip to Germany. She decorated in true German tradition and it was an incredible sight to see.

This is my second Christmas without my mom . . . I miss spending Christmas at home with her and all of her special touches. For some reason, this Holiday season seems a bit harder than last. Now, I need to apply what she taught me over the last 50 something years. I inherited her family room Christmas tree and many of the ornaments she collected over the last 50 + years. I thought sharing an ornament or two a day, would be a wonderful way to honor her and share the wonderful collection I have grown-up with. I don't have all of her Christmas decorations as of yet . . . but I feel Blessed with what I do have. So for the next 25 days, I will be sharing some very pretty Christmas Jewels with you.


Mom's tree is up and completely decorated . . . I love to just sit in that room and absorb the beauty and memories of Christmas' with mom . . . here's to you mom . . . .

Mom's tree in my home ~ 2011

~ Enjoy and Happy Holidays ~ 


  1. Your so lucky to have those memories and her treasures. My parents didn't give me those cherished memories. I guess that's why I love sharing my own Christmas traditions with my children and grandchild. My moms been gone since 1998.
    Your moms tree sits beautifully in your home. She would be proud. I cant wait to see her collection.

  2. It is beautiful. I wish I had some of my mother's and grandmother's decorations. I think they were left behind during the last move.

  3. Thank you, Betty and Kristin ~ I do feel very Blessed to have these treasures and I think it's important that our children, grandchildren and their children, know what our Christmas' and the traditions, old and new, were like for us. So glad you stopped by.

  4. I love this idea of featuring your ornaments. Thank you so much for sharing them. This first one is beautiful...I see your reflection....perfect!

  5. Thank you, Sue . . . I didn't see my reflection until I posted this photo! That happened in several of the ornament photos! Never even thought about it at the time . . . but, I decided to leave it . . . I am thinking down the road many years, my descendants will have a little glimpse of their Oma! I may have to extend this for the entire month of December . . . there are so many to share and that's not including Christmas dishes and Mr. and Mrs. Santa with his reindeer . . . I feel a collage coming on!

  6. I love the hanger on the ornament - I've been looking for some of those.

  7. Greta, I found the hangers at Target, Christmas 2009 . . . I ran out of them quickly and by the time I went back, they were sold out. I was hoping that Target would have them again last year, they did but very few . . . they go like hotcakes! They are very reasonable and come in silver or gold. Hopefully, Target will have them this year too. I will check my Target here, if they have any, I'm buying the out! Let me know if you find them . . . if not and I do, I will send them to ya! Good luck!

  8. Lovely tree! There is no more beautiful tree than one filled with memory ornaments. I have one too. I treasure it.