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As I mentioned in Monday's blog on how I came about collecting Santas, that I would show one particular ornament that Dad would help me hang on the tree when I was little, this tree ornament has 'sentimental value'. It was, since I was born, the first one to go on the tree each year. Yep, it's been on the tree at my folks' home since 1949! Then, after I left home and married, on our family tree. Ummmm, that's 60 years and counting? Of course the string is no longer attached, it rotted....LOL....but it continues to be set out somewhere around my own home now, each and every year. This year, I placed it, nested in amongst some artificial poinsettias. The star has gold glitter....tho the sparkle has disappeared from the glitter. And I refuse to refurbish it...leaving it just as it is each season. It's one I can really call MINE!! I actually have TWO ornaments as old as I am. The other, believe it or not, as I mentioned in yesterday's post also, is a small Santa Claus, and it's part of my slide show that is linked in the Home 4 the Holiday Meme...link on my sidebar....the very last photo of part II [the 2nd link called Ho Ho Ho hes here] If you'd like to see some of my Santas, the first two links at the meme are part of my collection.



"Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas."

~ Peg Bracken.



POSTED [early -Monday afternoon]:
for Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

53 comments :

  1. Wow! That is a treasure...and so beautifully displayed among the poinsettias. Lovely capture!

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  2. That is so cool! It's full of sentimental value!
    Since you are a Santa lover, make sure you stop at my blog tomorrow. I'm having a giveaway of one of Bob's hand carved Santa ornaments.

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  3. Mari! Be still my heart!!! Seriously. I wanna win....big time. LOL

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  4. So nice, that you have such a sweet ornament since you were born.

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  5. Your star ornament looks fantastic with the red poinsettias! How neat that you used to live on Pyracantha Dr. in AZ. I'd love to have that for a street name as it's fun to say and I like the plant.

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  6. My daughter collects Xmas ornaments. I expect she'll be sentimental in a few decades too. I love the way she's displayed against the poinsettias. Here the real ones bloom at Xmas time, which is rather nice.

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  7. She is beautiful. I love ornaments that get passed down.

    Giant Crickets Invade Norway

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  8. Pretty decoration, thanks for sharing Anni:)

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  9. Just found you this afternoon and tickled pink that I did. So you live on the Texas Gulf Coast. I grew up on the Texas Coast and now live about 80 miles north of Houston toward Austin.
    I love your site and your post today was great. I truly enjoyed reading it.
    Looking forward to coming back soon
    Maggie

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  10. That is a beautiful ornament! The classic and well-built tree decorations were available then, but most new ones don't hold up. The past looks so nice here, a nice memory you give us, too. Nice family heirloom!

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  11. Oh Anni how precious is it to have an ornament from when you were born... It is darling and BTW I am a 49' baby too... January to be exact! Have a glorious day my friend...

    (((HUGS)))
    Donna

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  12. That's a lot of very bright red!

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  13. What a sweet story. Ornaments that carry memories of long ago with them are the best.
    It looks pretty nestled against the ruby red poinsettias.


    Happy Ruby Tuesday!

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  14. Very sentimental, I quite understand Anni you have to put it on the tree.
    Thanks for sharing with us.
    Hugs and Love Suex

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  15. Such a special and treasured ornament indeed! I'm so glad you haven't refurbished it, seems to me that would take away from it. Leave it exactly as you remember it from when you were little:-) I don't recall ever getting any special ornaments when I was growing up. I guess with 5 kids and just my dad bringing in a paycheck, ornaments weren't on top of the list! lol xoxo

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  16. Sweet little angel ornament ... a real treasure of memories no doubt ;-)
    Hugs and blessings,

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  17. It is nice to have a little piece of family history. Do you plan to pass it on to your children? Thanks for sharing.

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  18. Oh Anni, what a wonderful story of your first Christmas gift to Bud as a newly married couple! I had to giggle, though, at you mentioning how you 3 gals lugged that heavy thing around instead of putting it in the car! lol Such beautiful memories you have of Christmases spent at your parents' place. As for how your Santa collection started, that is too funny. Love the nesting Santas you have, so precious. xoxo

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  19. A pretty little olden decoration. Yep, I have a couple that we had when I was little...talk about OLDEN..whew!!
    I enjoyed your post today...
    Mine is a little about the war and a craft. Now, ME doing a craft is pretty funny and I usually hurt myself, burning, sticking myself...something...but, this time, I didn't even get hurt !! :O)

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  20. I would have loved to attend that Harbor Lights Festival, it all looked like so much fun. You and I are so much alike in that we love anything to do with Christmas:-) Over here we'd consider mid 40's to be mild but I know where you are it's considered cold! lol It only went up to 19F here today so Winter is really setting in.

    Butt naked and locked out of the house...who thinks up these questions??? And you saying you'd go ask for an iron to smooth out the wrinkles...oh girl, you had me laughing! hehe xoxo

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  21. Neat to have such a relic!

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  22. Oh I realize now how I 've missed my visists here. Lovely and beautiful. How sweet your story and feed back!
    Hugs my friend!

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  23. Wow since 1949 and the story behind makes it priceless! Thanks for sharing.

    My Red Tuesday Here

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  24. I think the old family ornaments are the best Anni. This one will remain special to you and your family forever.
    B.

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  25. I'm always moved and amazed at these precious tales from people's pasts. Good for you for leaving this ornament in its natural condition - it has more authentic history that way!

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  26. One of my favorite Holiday Plants. Happy Ruby Tuesday to you.
    gingerbread houses for my RT

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  27. Beautiful, wonderful memories attached to that ornament I am sure!
    My RT

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  28. that's a beauty!

    Check out our Ruby Tuesday Travel from the land of the morning calm to the land of the free.

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  29. Anni! That is so precious. I'm amazed it has lasted all these years.
    Happy Ruby Tuesday to you...

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  30. Wow that's really an old ornament you got and it's still in a perfect condition.

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  31. Oh wow very sentimental. Good thing you still have them.

    Here's my Snowy Chinese RT

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  32. That is a great story. I have a little white reindeer that I've had as long as I can remember, and probably before. I should continue to put it on the tree, though I haven't for a few years now.

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  33. Oh Anni...
    I so love this post. This little girl looks like my little girl picture of me, so I can see why your folks bought this little ornament for you. It looks so much like you. Isn't it funny how they always found one just like us? Now they are so hard to find.

    Please post a picture of you around my age. I so want to see my twin. I always knew I must have been adopted as I don't look like anyone else.

    Stop by and see what I have posted now. You will love it, it is right up your alley.

    Country hugs and love, Sherry

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  34. How nice and sweet. I wish I could have some thing that I could keep with me throughout my life. So far been trying to hang on to the same cell phone for the last four years...

    Hope all has been going well and that you had a very Happy Thanksgiving. All the best for the upcoming Holiday Season :)

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  35. Wow, that's a real antique ! and still in such a good shape !

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  36. How lovely to have something from your childhood.
    This is displayed beautifully!

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  37. how adorable!!..i love vintage chrissy decorations too :))

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  38. ha! old ornaments i do have. from my parents, from germany, also from the 1940's or there abouts. the bean is fascinated by them. i don't use a lot of them, only a few. the rest are wrapped and i plan on giving them to the bean one day. he never knew them, all he has are the stories i tell him. and then these decorations...

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  39. Tradition is a wonderful thing! Of course so is making new traditions. The only ornaments I have that were on our tree when I was young are ones that were on my mother's tree when she was young, and maybe before. It's pretty cool. B : )

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  40. thats soooo cute! :) its so nice that you still have all of those in good shape!

    u may view mine here

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  41. That's a great photo, and I love the story behind the ornament. It's so important to have holiday traditions I think, and as I get older the more I really miss that we don't have big holidays here anymore.

    Have an awesome week!
    Lena

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  42. I love hearing the story behind ornaments, don't you. My granddaughter remarked that I had a lot of handmade ornaments. I told her there is a story behind most of them. I try to tie a tag to the new ones so I can remember who they're from.
    Thanks for sharing this. I know how special the ornament and the memory is to you.
    Mama Bear

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  43. wow....that is very special indeed since that ornament has been on the Christmas tree each year...and been there since you were born...

    awesome and meaningful shot for RT

    mine is here

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  44. It's wonderful to have treasures from the past that hold such meaning fro you. They are lovely.

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  45. My mother would buy us an ornament each year and these are still some of my favorites though many cannot hang on the tree as they are so fragile or the hanger broken off. I carried the same tradition with our children!

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  46. What a wonderful tradition and such great memories, I'm sure.

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  47. What a special ornament, I wouldn't refurbish it either - it's just showing how well loved it is.

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  48. This makes me wish I had some ornaments from my childhood! This is wonderful!

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  49. Hello, Anni,
    I enjoyed seeing La Befana and learning her legend. I am a retired schoolteacher, and I always enjoyed reading legends and folklore to my students. Wishing you and your family a blessed holiday season! Vicki

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  50. A marvelous rememberance of earlier times, Anni! It's great you keep it and place it where you can see it each year! :) Happy Ruby Tuesday! Thanks you for participating. I appreciate it very much! :)

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