Tree trinkets! Plus, GRAND Social No. 282 link party for grandparents

Tree trinkets!

My halls are decked, my tree is up, my gift-shopping is nearly done. I'm a tad early on all my Christmas tasks this year as Jim and I will be out of town next weekend — sharing Christmas joy with our grandsons! (Woot!)

Because much of my holiday prep is prepped, I've been fortunate to have a few spare moments in the past few days to sit and sip my coffee while adoring my tree. And I do adore it... despite it seeming to look exactly the same each and every year regardless of how many ornaments we put on it, whether sans ribbon or candy canes or a string of cranberry-like beads or not.

As I rocked around, er, nearby the tree Saturday morning, coffee cup in hand, I was compelled to snap a few shots of my tree trinkets to share with you. Because they make my heart smile.

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Every ornament we own, not just those above, has a story. Two in particular in this batch are especially meaningful: The tiny stocking marked Jimmy is an ornament from Jim's childhood trees. This is its 35th appearance on our tree. The ornament of three angels in the bathtub is one we gave Jim's mom many, many years ago. It originally had the names of our girls written on it — Brianna, Megan, Andrea — and it hung in a place of prominence on Granny's tree each year. When Granny passed away, the ornament with worn-away names was added to our Christmas-y collection.

Decorating the house at the holidays can be an overwhelming chore now that Jim and I do it alone, without our daughters to help us. Having the many tangible memories of Christmases past on display, though, certainly makes it all worth while.

What ornaments on your Christmas tree bring a smile to your heart?

GRAND Social No. 282 link party for grandparents

Thank you for joining this week's link party! I look forward to seeing and sharing your stuff!

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How it works:

  • All grandparent bloggers are invited to add a link. You don't have to blog about grandparenting, just be a grandparent who blogs.

  • Grandparents who do not blog (or want to share something other than their own post) are welcome to add links to other posts grandparent readers may be interested in.
  • To link up a post, copy the direct URL to the specific post — new or old — that you want to share, not the link to the blog or website home page. Then click the blue button below marked "Add your link" and follow the directions.
  • I reserve the right to remove posts I feel are inappropriate. (Which hasn't happened yet, but I feel obligated to note that, just in case.)
  • Those who add links to the GRAND Social link party will be sent a weekly reminder when the party goes live. If you prefer to be removed from that email list, feel free to do so (and you'll still be more than welcome to join the party any time).
  • If adding your own post, including a mention such as This post linked to the GRAND Social to your linked posts is appreciated. 
  • The GRAND Social linky accepts posts through Wednesday evening, so please come back to see those added after your first visit.
  • If you're not a linker, you have the pleasure of being a reader. Those sharing a link would be honored to have you visit, read and, if so moved, leave a comment, even if just "Hey, stopping by from the GRAND Social." Bloggers who link are encouraged to visit and comment on the links of other bloggers, as well.