Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Wednesday Ramblings

Last year I told you guys about a Christmas tree ornament tradition that my family has had since I was born.

I have a collection of ornaments from every year I have been alive.  This collection is probably one of my most prized possessions.  Each represents a different time in my life, a job, a hobby, an interest, an occasion.  I can literally tell my whole life story by displaying my ornaments each year.

So I wanted to share a few current favorites.  There are too many to share them all and it would take all day so here are a few that I truly adore:

Christmas Ornaments

Paul proposed to me in a boat he built (click that link to read the story). That year, he built this boat ornament.

My sister had a Bake Your Day ornament made last year.  I adore this one!

My mom gave me the “Angel of the Kitchen” Willow Tree Angel last year. We love Willow Trees!

My mom had an “engagement” ornament made the year that Paul and I got engaged!

Tree Ornaments

The first Christmas that Paul and I spent together, he bought me my first KitchenAid Mixer because I asked for it, that year, my mom bought me the mixer ornament!

I’m a coffee lover.  There are at least three coffee cup ornaments on our tree.

My sister and I have matching porcelain ballet slippers and white shoes; they have our names on the bottom and I have purchased the same white shoes for my two nephews; if I ever have a niece, she’ll be getting these slippers.

Sushi.  Our favorite date night.  I don’t buy many ornaments for myself but I couldn’t pass this one up.

I’m looking forward to seeing the ornaments that I receive this year.  I already have all of my ornaments purchased and ready to hand over to family members.  I truly love this tradition!

What are your favorite holiday traditions?  Do you have any ornaments which you adore? 

 

27 Responses to “Wednesday Ramblings”

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    brandi — December 12, 2012 @ 12:58 pm

    you have the cutest ornaments! most of mine are I Love Lucy :)

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    Amanda — December 12, 2012 @ 1:00 pm

    This made me all teary. What thoughtful and beautiful ornaments! :)

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    Rachel Cooks — December 12, 2012 @ 1:04 pm

    Very cool! My aunt has made all of her nieces and nephews ornaments each year since we were born, so when we moved out of our parents house we had a whole bunch of ornaments to start off with. Very fun!

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    Pat — December 12, 2012 @ 1:08 pm

    I have given each of my children an ornament each year, that way when they move out on their own they have a little piece of home with them. My daughter Allison has all the Hallmark “Puppy Love” ornaments. My younger daughter has more of a “what interests her at the time” collection. Love that they treasure them and putting them up each year is a fun afternoon.

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    Jackie @ Domestic Fits — December 12, 2012 @ 1:12 pm

    I do the same thing for my daughter! I had a huge and chaotic family, and I really wanted the family that I started to be completely different so I started Christmas traditions as a way to do that (we had none when I was a kid). I bough the first one when I was pregnant with her, and I just bought her a 2012 one. I just hope they don’t break!

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    Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray — December 12, 2012 @ 1:15 pm

    I love this post!! I can’t wait to have my own tree full of ornament stories. :)

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — December 12, 2012 @ 1:19 pm

    This post gave me chills! I love that you have a christmas tree ornament tradition. I can’t wait to have children to start this tradition for them! Btw, the kitchenaid mixer ornament is my absolute favorite (of course) :)

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    Kathryn — December 12, 2012 @ 1:26 pm

    This is such a lovely tradition; I collect ornaments when we’re on vacation or anywhere special so our tree does tell a bit of the history of our relationship. I love trees that have a story behind them!

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    Shanna@ pineapple and coconut — December 12, 2012 @ 1:34 pm

    I love your tradition. We have an ornament exchange but it is quite unusual – we exchange ugly ornaments. And reading this post has inspired me to write about it on my blog! Thank you!!

    I adore your ornaments especially the boat Paul made and the Bake Your Day one your sister had made. How special!! And of course the kitchen aid mixer ornament rocks!

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    Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats — December 12, 2012 @ 2:03 pm

    I love this..so cool. What a great tradition!

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    Lisa — December 12, 2012 @ 2:36 pm

    Family traditions are fantastic. Today I made a quadruple batch of Chex mix to send to several members of my family. We used to make it every year, but then, for several years, lost the tradition. I’m trying to bring it back via USPS.

    Thanks for sharing!!

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    Cathy @ Noble Pig — December 12, 2012 @ 2:46 pm

    What a cute tradition! I hope you live a long healthy life so that you will need several trees to display them all!

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    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — December 12, 2012 @ 3:07 pm

    My family has the same tradition! It’s so fun to look at ornaments from growing up. I love the engagement ornament!

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    carrian — December 12, 2012 @ 3:49 pm

    That is so sweet! Blast, I need to do that for my kiddos. Where the heck do I find those ornaments?

    • Cassie replied: — December 13th, 2012 @ 8:09 am

      We find them all over! Google is my best friend when I am buying ornaments. C&B and Sur La Table have great kitchen ornaments.

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    Dixya @ Food, Pleasure and Health — December 12, 2012 @ 3:56 pm

    what a cool tradition. So many wonderful memories to cherish. I do not celebrate but always enjoy seeing ornaments at the stores :)

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    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — December 12, 2012 @ 5:01 pm

    Thanks for sharing this tradition with all of us. I love the Willow Tree Angels and that is what Shaun gave me after we had Olivia. The family one with the baby.

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    Anna (Hidden Ponies) — December 12, 2012 @ 6:35 pm

    What a great tradition! This was the first year we picked ornaments with the kids, I need to buy some for the years I missed so they’ll have a complete collection in the end.

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    Julie @ Table for Two — December 12, 2012 @ 6:37 pm

    you have the cutest ornaments, ever. i love the meaning behind each one!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — December 12, 2012 @ 11:27 pm

    I love your ornaments, what a wonderful tradition!

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    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — December 13, 2012 @ 6:17 am

    Love the engagement ornament – Rich and I get ones made like that every year. It’s been fun adding on to the ornament with our son. :)

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    Kelly Senyei (Just a Taste) — December 13, 2012 @ 8:44 am

    These are all so adorable and I love all of the special meanings behind them. Merry Christmas, Cassie!

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    Quinn Harper — December 13, 2012 @ 12:55 pm

    Those are so adorable Cassie. We each had ornaments on our tree as kids, but I love the idea of marking each year with something specific like this. I might have to steal this haha

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    Kimberly Walsh — December 14, 2012 @ 9:14 am

    I really enjoy your blog and this fabulous tradition! One of your favorite ornaments is in fact one of mine as well! My sister in law got my now husband and I the engaged ornament that you have the Christmas after we got engaged. It made my morning to see that we have something in common. Merry Christmas!

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    Audra@the-baker-chick — December 14, 2012 @ 9:28 am

    I adore this tradition. Andy & I decided we will get ourselves a special ornament for our tree every year and I love including the kids in this someday :)

    My favorite tradition is Christmas Eve. We all sing carols by the tree after dinner and somehow during all the singing Santa comes, bringing us all our Christmas Pjs :) Funnies thing is that we still act all surprised after all these years and my Dad always takes a few bites of the cookies!!

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    Nikki @Pennies on a Platter — December 16, 2012 @ 11:15 pm

    I seriously love this! And, what a cute stand mixer!! We have a tradition for the last 12 years where my dad takes his three daughters to breakfast (coffee) the day after Thanksgiving and gives us an ornament, each receiving the same one. They fill my tree, but it is so fun to reflect on them every year. :)

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    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — December 26, 2012 @ 5:42 am

    The time between my last comment and this comment was me being distracted by the awesomeness of this post. I decided that I’m going to do the same for my future children and then I started thinking about it and then somehow I started googling how to take care of golden retriever puppies (I don’t have one but want one!) and it was all downhill from there. Cassie, you totally wasted several hours of my commenting day. ;)

    Anyway, these are awesome and I especially love the engagement ones! You have an incredible family.

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