What’s On Your Tree?

When I visit someone’s house during Christmastime, I like to spend some time looking at the ornaments on their tree. Not only do I find them beautiful and fun, but I think you can find out a lot about a family by looking at their tree. I look at it kind of like a scrapbook of sorts, and think that Christmas trees have so much personality! Let’s take a look at what I am talking about.


Here are a few of the categories of ornaments you can typically find:

Hobbies: A lot of people have ornaments that tell you about what they like to do. For instance, my dad has a couple of golf ornaments, and at my house, you will find a volleyball ornament and running ornament.

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Favorite things: Just like different hobbies, everyone has their favorites. Movies, sports, teams, animated characters, sayings, and colors. Bobby has a Gandalf ornament on our tree, and I have a New Orleans Saints Superbowl one. Also, anyone who looked at my tree would know that I am a fan of McAlisters, especially their sweet tea. You may also find a few Disney princesses chilling on my tree.

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Occupation: Ornaments may also give you a hint as to a persons occupation.Fun fact some of you newer readers may not know, but I used to teach 5th grade!

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Handmade/Kid ornaments: Whether you have children in your house or are just sentimental, you probably have a few very old handmade ornaments hanging on your tree (ok, some of them may have been pushed to the back). The two below are ornaments that I made in grade school but can’t seem to part with. besides, who HASN’T made a clothespin reindeer?!?

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Places Visited: Another favorite category is places visited. I know a lot of people (myself included) that like to collect ornaments whenever they go on vacation or visit a new place. I think these are a great reminder of the fun vacations I have had, and bring back some of my favorite memories. I have several Disney resort ornaments, but the Polynesian and Grand Floridian are my favorites, along with my Disney Cruise Line and Disneyland ornament.

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Favorite Memories: Following along the same thread as vacation/places visited, a special milestone such as a wedding or gradation always make great ornaments. Some of my favorites are ones that we purchased after running races. For instance, below you will see the ornament I bought after we completed the Inaugural Dumb Double Dare in Disneyland.

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As much as I love all of my ornaments, this last one means the most. If it wasn’t for Jesus’ birthday, we wouldn’t even be celebrating at all HE is the reason for the season, so amongst all your shopping, wrapping, eating and baking, don’t leave him out. Happy Birthday Jesus!

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QOTD: If I looked at your tree, what would it tell me about you?

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  1. I have about half the ornaments on my tree this year because it’s my first Christmas with the cat. She’s still very young so I didn’t want the breakables. One of my favorites is a set of nesting dolls I got in Russia. I don’t think they’re breakable, but if they did break, I can’t exactly replace them easily. My Disney ornaments didn’t make it on the tree either this year.

  2. My tree is a blend of so many different things! I have hobby, occupation, favorite things, and places visited all over my tree. I have the couple’s first christmas and baby’s first christmas ornaments. And of course I have the ornaments that my boys make each year at school!

  3. Our tree is a mix of ornaments my grandma gives me every year, some from friends, and some red, green and silver ball ornaments that my boyfriend bought. Mine are cuter 😉

  4. Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie says:

    Oh my gosh, where did you get that Gandalf ornament? I have a friend who would flip over that.

  5. super cute ornaments! i travel for christmas, so my apartment is decoration-free. i kind of miss putting up a tree.

  6. You tree is so pretty! I have ornaments that were my great-great grandfathers so those are some of my favorite. Of course, now I also love the ones Wyatt makes!

  7. Our tree has a mix of ornaments like yours. Disney characters for our daughter, first Christmases for house, wedding, baby, etc.. And then we have the gifted ornaments from family and friends. We add one new ornament each year.
    BTW. Happy 3 months to your little girl!!!! I know you’re just a week behind us so I didn’t want to forget.

  8. This is so true! I never look at other people’s trees and I really should!

  9. Frank@TheFatRunner says:

    That I’m a Disney freak. Lol This year we went with 100% Disney ornaments this year. But my prized possession is the one we got while on the Disney Fantasy that alludes to the inaugural sailings. It has Sorcerer Mickey on it. My favorite.

  10. My students enjoy the game of finding all the piano and french horns all over my tree. At last count there was 42. But some break every year but I also get new ones from my students. It is a thing now! I also have tons of Disney, Star Trek and military on my tree. We had a ton of ornaments handed down to us from my parents but they are slowly getting replaced by our new collection. And darn it, kicking myself that I didn’t have my ornament made at Disney World for my first 1/2 marathon this past Feb!

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  1. runningwithsass says:

    What’s On Your Tree?

    When I visit someone’s house during Christmastime, I like to spend some time looking at the ornaments

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