Thought I'd share a few of my favorite Christmas tree ornaments.
One of a few Hallmark ornaments we have on our tree. But its a good 'un: a Richard Petty commemorative release.
A Labrador retriever ornament as a memorial for my faithful companion, Winston, who I lost six years ago.
A See Rock City 'birdhouse' ornament to help remember the years of living in Chattanooga, TN - home of Rock City.
A Nashville Predators bobblehead ornament to help celebrate our NHL team and great times at the games with my kids.
Cold Miser and Heat Miser from one of the greatest Christmastime TV shows: Rankin-Bass' The Year Without A Santa Claus.
A drum ornament given to me by my mother 20-something years ago as a nod to my time in high school marching band drumline. About one-third of the ornaments on our tree have been given to us by her over the years. Just ain't nothing better than a loving mother.
And my favorite ornament. A random, un-Christmas-like, black-and-white cow ornament given to us by my wife's aunt. It has the name "Wanda" painted on the front of it. The aunt is one of those Avon-selling types - the kind who likes to pitch the product but who herself wears too much of that slimy-looking Tammy Faye Baker make-up with black, broomstraw eyelashes.
One year, she made a big production of giving us this ornament. One, a cow? Really, for Christmas? Two, no one in my wife's family is named Wanda. Not herself, mother-in-law, grandmothers, aunts, cousins, nieces, housekeeper, third grade teacher, postal carrier, etc. NO ONE. Which led us to believe only one thing: She re-gifted to us a custom-ordered ornament that wasn't paid for by one of her customers. She found a perfect way to unload it - but likely forgot Wanda's name was already tattooed on it. Needless to say, its now become one of the first ornaments to be hung - and gets a place front and center on the tree.
Disclaimer: Despite the name of this blog entry, I've never seen The Sound of Music. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
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