12.05.13Deck the Halls

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It’s that time of year again! Time to deck the halls — I’ve been doing a lot of decorating around our apartment since we got back from Ohio over Thanksgiving. Although it happens to be an especially busy time for Rob with school (wait, when is it not?!), we did manage to swing by a local Christmas tree lot hosted by the Boy Scouts to pick out our very first, real, live Christmas tree together! Since Sunday, we’ve had a few late-night decorating sprees and our home is finally decked out. I absolutely love holidays, and it just wouldn’t be the same without the festivity filling the room. Oh, and we’re excitedly awaiting hand-knit stockings from my Aunt Diane!

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One of my very favorite things about this year in particular is that it’s the first year I’ve pulled out my ornament collection. My parents started an ornament collection for me when I was born with the intention that, one day, I’d have my own tree to decorate and have lots of beautiful and meaningful ornaments with which to trim my tree. Every year, they and my relatives have added to it with special ornaments unique to places I’ve visited, local art fairs, things I’ve been interested in over the years, etc. Some have been hand-made (my mom is so crafty) by others or even by my own four-year-old hands. Every ornament has a story, and every ornament is so special. Rob and I have also been adding to it over the past couple of years with some really beautiful ornaments from London, New York, and our wedding in Chapel Hill.

The time has come! Last week in Ohio, my parents gave me my two huge bins of ornaments, and I was determined to find a way to fit them into the car coming home so that I could finally decorate with my ornament collection. Where there’s a will, there’s a way — and now our tree is so beautiful and special!

I am so thankful that my parents thought to do this for me when I was born, and I love rekindling old memories through my ornaments. What a wonderful gift they gave to me!

Here’s a sampling of some of our ornaments:

The dried petals and leaves from my wedding bouquet

The dried petals and leaves from my wedding bouquet

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I’ve always loved maps and globes

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I made this one when I was little with macaroni noodles and gold spray paint

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Cotton from when we lived in Arkansas

Double decker bus from London

Double decker bus from London

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This one was made in a town named Bethlehem

Chapel Hill bride and groom (Go Tar Heels!)

Chapel Hill bride and groom (Go Tar Heels!)

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For many, many years of playing tennis

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This one mimics the Rose Window at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC

A UVA Christmas

A UVA Christmas

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