Take a walk with me through time and learn about the history of some of our family Christmas tree ornaments. These are a few of them from way back and dating right up to the present.
Purchased last summer in South Dakota from a Lakota woman.
purchased from an Ashinishabe woman in northern Minnesota
Eskimo moccasins made by a Tlingit woman (my husband's tribe). I bought it from her in Alaska.
A gift from hubby's parents when they lived in Florida - a sea shell decorated for Christmas.
Made in Czech Republic and sent to me by my friend and pen pal there.
Made in Russia. I bought this in honor of my cousin's two children who are adopted from Russia.
made in Ecuador
a Hmong woman in traditional dress (Hmong people are mountain people from Laos and now many of them live in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and California.)
made in Jerusalem
Last year my friend and fellow member of our church book group made us each a little Christmas book for our trees.
When I was beginning to learn sign language and starting the process to become a sign language interpreter, I went to a sale at a Church of the Deaf in this area. I bought this ornament. It's special because it represents all the great deaf people I have known over the course of my wonderful career.
In our first house our next-door neighbors were a retired couple who were fabulous neighbors. The wife was a knitter; one year she invited us (daughter, about age 4, and me) in to see her Christmas tree, and she let us pick an ornament off her tree to take home and put on our tree. This is what we picked. I love it, and I think of our former neighbors every time we hang this ornament. I believe they are both angels in heaven now.
commemorates the couple of years that our daughter worked at Caribou Coffee
When our daughter was about 4 she found this in the "cheap" box at the church bazaar. It cost only one penny.