Yes, it's the last FTF for 2011. To see what others are touting as their favorite things, hope on over to Quilting In My Pyjamas for the linkee party. Maybe add your own link while you are there. :)
For my last FTF of 2011, I wanted to mention how great it is my mother started a little tradition with her kids. She had us all help make or pick out and hang specific Christmas ornaments. As time went by and when she was able to while we were older, she bought special ornaments for us or our kids the first couple years of their lives. Then, it became our turn to continue this new tradition or let it fall by the wayside. I choose to continue it because there is nothing better than putting ornaments on my tree each year and having a memory that goes along with it.
For example, the ornament that denotes my current opinion about mornings without coffee.
Or maybe, if I were a cartoon character, who I would be?
The gift from a team member of mine when I was coaching basketball.
How about the ones that remind me of when hubs was deployed and/or of our lives in and the forever association/family ties we will have with each and every military family out there?
The one I purchased for the hubs last year b/c he and I have fallen in love with the Vizsla breed. Oh, don't let me forget the one that reminds me that I'm a loyal fan of the Miami Dolphins and Dan Marino in particular!
The one my mom purchased for hubs the first year we were together b/c she called him a Grinch and then thought it would be funny to give him the ornament...
The first baby ornament (you know, I never did do one of these for my second kid...)
The ornaments from Grandma or mom to the kids and even the ones from the kids to me.
The ornaments that are my husband's and my keepsakes from our trips together.
To Puerto Rico
To Las Vegas
To Oroville, CA for a friend's wedding
and to Ireland (b/c we weren't collecting ornaments at the time we first honeymooned but hopefully I
will find something appropriate representing our trip, this year.)
How about the ones that remind me of family? My brother is a huge Snoopy fan and my nephew is currently all about Spiderman. I am anticipating him finding Spiderman on my tree this year.
There are also the ones I received as a gift from a dear friend when I first married. I thought it odd at first, to receive Christmas ornaments when the wedding wasn't near the holiday but then I realized the awesomeness of the gift. First tree, need ornaments, have memories forever of the wedding AND friendship.
Oh, the one my mom painted (colored or whatever) and the ones I made.
Let's not discount the more traditional items like those pesky elves resurfacing from grandma's garage and the pickle. In our family, it's such a game to hide the pickle and the first to find it wins a prize. When the kids were younger, this was very competitive. Now as they are older, it's still competitive but it's more about reliving the fun of earlier years searching.
Lastly, I would be remiss if I didn't let you know I had ornaments which also remind me of the very reason for Christmas day.
Well, that's all for this installment of Favorite Things Friday. I hope you've enjoyed my little jaunt down memory lane and seeing some of the special items which adorn my tree.
Happy Holidays, Everyone!