When my husband and I went on our first big trip, I had never thought about buying Christmas tree ornaments while traveling. I was too thrilled to be on an actual cruise ship, headed to tropical locations I had only dreamed about in the past. Even though I had technically been a traveler my whole life since my dad was in the Marine Corps, most of our vacations included heading back to the mountains of Kentucky or the beaches of Pensacola to visit family. Fun, but hardly the globe-trekking I yearned for.
It wasn’t until I noticed a little, lifesaver ring Christmas ornament in a shop in Key West and thought how cute it would be on my tree that an idea was born. And so the travel Christmas tree ornament buying tradition had begun. Much to my husband’s chagrin.
Oh, I kid.
He’s fine with carting home tiny little Eiffel Towers and painted seashells and other sparkly things that catch my fancy. Or at least he doesn’t complain which is basically the same thing, right?
So, let’s take a little trip around my Christmas tree and let me show you some of my ornaments, although I will spare you a trip to the kitchen where I have magnets covering my fridge because yes, I am that person who buys magnets and Christmas tree ornaments when I am traveling. In case you have ever seen either of those things in a shop and wondered who in the world would buy something like that. Now you know. That would be me.
I’m sure my children will be thrilled someday when I am gone and they are divvying up the magnets and Christmas tree ornaments and it’s like no, you take the magnet from the aquarium in Seattle and the windmill ornament from Amsterdam no, please, I’m begging you to take it. Seriously. I will pay you to take that magnet bottle opener from Vegas. I will pay you. I know they can’t wait.
In the meantime, I enjoy all my junkie little magnets and ornaments – they may be junk but they are my junk and I like them.
Here’s our Christmas tree. What’s that you said? There are a lot of presents under that tree? Well, I have one word for you. Grandson. My children may possibly wonder why my grandson is surrounded by approximately 6,821 presents on Christmas morning and they have just opened a box of underwear and possibly some new socks, but I say again. Grandson. Someday they will understand.
Well, I have more but I wouldn’t want you to have to spend too much time on this blog when you probably still have Christmas shopping to or other holidays to celebrate or possibly don’t celebrate any holidays at all this time of year. Whatever. You come out ahead in the not having to shop category in that case.
I’ll leave you with one last ornament that my good friend Vicki gave me last year for my tree. I know Vicki is a good friend because not only does she buy me singularly appropriate Christmas tree ornaments, we shared a small cruise ship stateroom for an entire Caribbean cruise and are still friends.
That is true friendship, my faithful readers. True friendship.