Today is it snowing here in Michigan. It is the second time it has snowed this week and I think we have more snow now that we did all last winter. So, it seemed like a wonderful time to put up the Christmas tree. One of the things I love about doing that is the ornaments. In a family that is pretty sentimental, I have lots of ornaments, many of which are very special. Last year, I blogged about those that belonged to my parents ( On Christmas Ornaments and Christmas Trees ). But I have other ornaments, which have a story attached to them.
When I was growing up, we always had a big tree. One year, we had a tree that was bigger than usual; in fact, I believe the top of it hit the 12 foot high ceiling. Because it was big, we needed more ornaments. So my mother sent my father and me out to get a few more. I remember that we drove down to Fifth Avenue, and went to a small variety store. We picked out these two sets of ornaments.
The birds that clip onto a branch
I also like to decorate the bottom of the tree. Some times I just use presents wrapped in brightly colored paper with big bows and other times, I use some old toys.