Two ladies, Linda and Sheri, until recently, always had a booth with the most incredible tree ornaments. They must have sold thousands of little snowmen over the years. I bought at least one a year from them and miss them at the show. I guess that makes my ornaments "retired" so very valuable!!
I stitched this little soldier when my first son was just a baby, so that would make it 30 years old.
I could only find Chad's cross stitched mitten ornament this year, but we all have one, stitched by me when my eyes were in better shape.
My husband loved these birds, made by a woman in Eastern Washington who used to come to the Lynden show.
Another "retired" snowman.
And another bird. We like how they are set on wheat stalks, and it brings back fond memories of our years in Wheat country in Pullman, Wa.
We vacation every year in Sunriver Oregon where we own a timshare condo named "The Pines". So appropriate, since it is surrounded by pine trees with pine cones all over the ground. I bring bags of them home with me every year, add some sparkles and ribbon, and enjoy them on the tree.
I love this ornament. It was given to me for my birthday by a very dear friend.
And then in keeping with the Lithuanian tradition, we always have a pair of mittens in the tree.
You will have noticed in all the pictures, the garlands strung of nuts, berries and cinnamon sticks. They were the FIRST major Christmas investment DH and I made when we were newlyweds, and I do believe it was a good one, since we celebrated our 38th anniversary this year. The garlands are made of a resin type material and were originally infused with a spice scent. We have even used them outdoors, and they are still in excellent condition.
Well, that about covers it. So, I'll get my cup of chocolate and we can do some serious gossiping.