Saturday, January 5, 2008

Finally! Putting Away the Christmas Decorations!!!




I'm finally putting away the Christmas decorations! Every year, we leave the day after Christmas to spend time with my husband's family in Arizona. When we come back, it still looks like Christmas morning in our living room. This week, I've had sick kids, so my progress in cleaning up has been sllloooowww!
As I was putting things away, I decided to take some shots of our little red glass Christmas ornaments.


The year my husband and I celebrated our first Christmas together, we were poor, starving college students -- well not really starving, but definitely poor. We didn't have any Christmas decorations, so I splurged and paid probably about $5 for this little box of ornaments. That's about all we had on our tree that first year. Over the years (we'll celebrate our 20th anniversary in February), we've hung these ornaments on our tree. In all that time, only one has broken -- they've survived numerous moves and being grabbed by the little hands of our four children.

These days, these ornaments share the tree with many other decorations, but the little red glass balls will always hold a special place in my heart.

20 comments:

Bobbi said...

I love your reflection in the ornaments. The story behind them warmed my heart congrats on the 20 years that is wonderful :)

ktinnc07 said...

Awww i love the color in these but more than that I love the story that goes along with it...thanks for sharing and Congrats on 20 yrs!

Michelle said...

what a sweet story! i love your ornaments-we have similar ones. and your reflection is cool. hope the kids are feeling better soon.

Tori said...

Nice shots! Love the story behind them... thanks for sharing!

Becky said...

I love your journaling to go along with these photos. Very heartfelt. What a nice thing to capture.

Jess said...

What a great story! I have some ornaments from my dh and my first Christmas together that I still hang on the tree, for sentimental reasons. I never really thought to photograph them though!

Danielle said...

Ditto. I also like the catch lights on the ornaments.

Mandy said...

I love your story and the color. Really great. I also put away mine today...its always a little sad. I think its so unique and wonderful to find people who have been together so long. Its inspiring!

emilyc said...

Great photos, but even better story! Thanks for sharing both with us.

Tomboymama said...

The reflections are great! We have a similar little bag of red apple ornaments from our poor first married Christmas days that we always hang to remember! Thanks for sharing. Hope everyone is feeling better soon

robin said...

Love the story behind the box of red ornaments. These are beautiful photos with lots of memories attached. My goal for this weekend is to put away all the Christmas decorations - it always makes me a little sad that another Christmas is over, but I love the clean look once everything is put away.

Val said...

Ilike these, especially the DOF on the second one

jaw515 said...

hey Margaret, Just lurking around sick myself and could not believe all the people posting on POTD I have Christmas ornaments like that too. Mine are the first year we were in Utah and we had nothing had to start over from scratch. I love those ornaments! It is such a great way to capture them! Miss you girl hope we can meet up again soon! Julie

Deb said...

I love the reflection in the ornaments, but the story behind them is priceless. I love that you still have them (in tact) after 20 years.

Amy said...

I love the red, it stands out so nicely. And how cool with the reflections, that is so neat!

Ashley said...

What a wonderful story! It made me love the pictures even more.

Yvonne said...

I love the pictures, but most of all I love the story behind it!! Great job!

Liz said...

Ok first I am a total Christmas NUTTER and I love red so your photos totally grabbed right off the bat. Then I read your story and it made me love them even more.
Everything about this photo makes me think Christmas and family. Great job!

pat said...

Meg--LOVE the 2nd shot of all the ornaments nestled carefully into their box. Amazing that they have all (but one) survived through the years.

Jason and Kate said...

Margaret, what a sweet story! I love the pictures and the nice memories they represent :)