|this year's ornament from Lancaster PA 2018|
As I haven't really digested 2018, I'm going to skip the yearly recap and instead talk about some of my Christmas ornaments. I put my tree up last night and it was just as lovely on 30 December as it usually is a month earlier.
Found some gift bags that were sewn by Cris Weed~one of my favorite soprano friends. Since she is no longer around, I will treasure them even more. 1996.
I have box of these polished brass notes that a student in Tracy found at a garage sale EONS ago. She polished them up and tied red thread to all of them. 1994
From my student time in England~that tin had the best toffees. 1989
Probably my fav ornament~peanut reindeer made by my siblings. c 1990
Paper mache heart from my high school/college roommate. 1988
Lovely ornament from Barb~my college boss in several departments during my PUC years. 1990-93
White House ornament from the Obama years; this was when I came back here with my Texas kids for a history tour~never dreaming I'd be living the Beltway life! 2104
Cute lil fish from the Monterey Aquarium. It's odd how so many of my ornaments have bittersweet connections. I got this on a birthday trip just after a relationship ended and I was devastated. I went to the beach to grieve. My dad drove down and we went to the aquarium for a truly fun day~when I purchased this ornament. 2002
One of my favorite~Swedish glass from the Christmas Shoppe in San Francisco. 1986.
Not sure what year this was, but it was a droopy one as I wanted a tear drop for my ornament. :)
From my Mondavi supervisor who thought I was elegant. 2001
Purple glass heart from the Sonoma Square~one of those perfect days with good friends, food, and scenery. 2017
From my mom the year I got back from Newbold. 1990.
Yes, I did get this from the Miracle an 34th Street Macy's! Grad school years 2007-2009
From a Lincoln City glass shop~1991?
NEW ORLEANS!!! Still one of my best birthdays ever. 2012.
The very first ornament that kicked off this yearly collection.
Because nothing says festive like a monument to death and defeat~the Alamo. 2013.
Do you know how RARE it is to find my name?
My sad little broken ferry egg. Seattle 2010.
Carnegie Hall!!!! 2009
Yes, it's a tacky tourist ornament. But I was there on a very cold December in 2010.
I also love these little block teddy bears from my siblings.
One of the more recent ones~an original by Josh. 2016.
My tree is up. My heart is merry. I look forward to seven more festive days before it gets stored. Wishing all of you a joyous and healthy 2019!!
But we all know the real new year happens in either September with a new school year, or in February when Chinese New Year kicks off. :) Nice to have so many fresh starts.