Friday, December 16, 2011

Unusual Christmas Ornaments

Our Christmas tree is a family-style tree with ornaments that we've collected over the years. Many of them remind us of special times or places we lived.


At first glance, the tree looks very much as you'd expect. It has the usual Santas, angels and shiny glass balls.








Come a little closer, and let me show you some of the more unusual ornaments...one that's even down right quirky...






Some years ago, I started adding silver baby cups and spoons, that have belonged to our family. Most of the time, they just sat in the silver drawer, and I rarely ever looked at them. 
Now, they're on the tree where everyone can see them. It's so much fun to show the grand kids and see their reaction. The 3-1/2 year old thought the spoons were so funny. The 6 month old could care less.


Next...




...a  macaroni wreath made by our son when he was in second grade. It's one of the ornaments he looks for every year, even though he's  now 40...oh, gosh, saying that makes me feel so old...well...I was a child bride? Right?  :)




Here's a little chimney sweep with his ladder and brush...




...a basket of fruit and flowers, molded from wax...




...a tiny wax baby Jesus with a walnut shell for his bed.
These are all from Germany.




This year, I gave Hubby a resophonic guitar ornament!! Whoo Hoo!




This is MacTeasel dressed in his finest Scottish attire. He's made from a teasel...of course, and  plays a wee bag pipe.


The last one's been on our tree every year since 1979. 


One year, when we lived in Montana, Hubby and I made Christmas ornaments from salt dough. We made a ba-zillion of them, which we sold at a craft market, and by special order. 
I made teddy bears in lederhosen, and little people we called Alpin Kinder. Hubby made farm animal ornaments...horses, pigs and...




...can you see it?




A Santa Gertrudis bull!! 


He (the bull) always appears deep inside the branches, attached with a brown chenille stem. It started out being a joke, when Hubby harnessed  him to the tree that first year, and since then, every year, he  mysteriously appears again.


Now, tell me...is that not quirky?


Hope you got a Christmas giggle from our ornaments.
Do y'all have any unusual ones, or decorations?
I'd love to see them.


I'll be linking up to these parties:
The Tablescaper for  Seasonal Sundays

31 comments:

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

I love the silver spoons and cups on the tree. You have some very special ornaments with special meaning. Thanks for sharing.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh I love all of your memory ornaments. Our tree is full of them also, and I think that makes the tree perfect. I think yours is totally perfect. Hugs, Marty

On Crooked Creek said...

Babs,
A "perfect" Christmas Tree full of loving memories!!! I adore each narrative and could feel the love come through! Have a "Merry Christmas" and thank you for sharing this gorgeous tree!
Fondly,
Pat

Grammy Goodwill said...

I gave my grown up kids their childhood ornaments and now I miss them. sigh. I love your idea of hanging the spoons and baby cups. (I kept those.)

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

You have some great unique ornaments. I love the chimney sweep and yes, the bull is quirky.

Marigene said...

Love your tree, Babs! I think that MacTeasel is adorable. I go gather teasel every couple of years...what fun cleaning the stems so that they can be handled!

Shelia said...

Hi Babs! Oh, how fun seeing your ornaments up close! You have some unique ones! A bull! I don't think I've ever seen one for Christmas before.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Phyllis@Around the House said...

Your tree is not only beautiful...your pictures of the tree are soo beautiful and really show the true clors///love it..I am a new follower of yours and I will be back soon...phyllis

Emreen said...

Babs... Beautiful Tree... I love the special ornaments... especially the bull... and Mac Teasel looks adorable... Guess everyone has some special ornaments which reminds them of special memories and the places they have visited... !! Thanks for sharing yours with us ;-) ;-)

Have a great weekend !!

Debbie said...

It's quirky in a fantastic and fun way! I love it all, especially MacTeasal and Gertrudis the bull.

I really do love trees with a story running through them. Yours has one.

SavannahGranny said...

Babs, I loved seeing your tree! It is beautiful. It is great so see other people's ornaments. You have some really neat ornaments. The baby spoon and cups was a wonderful idea. So much better than being in a drawer or cupboard. Love the chimney sweep and of course the bull. Thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas. Ginger

Kelly said...

I think they are great! I love the idea of putting baby cups and spoons on the tree. That little bull you tie on each year has the cutest story behind him. I think he's very country french in a way, don't you?

Lizabeth @ Infuse With Liz said...

Love it! The bull is fun! I should find a Holstein cow for ours, my husband was raised on a dairy farm.
I love all the stories/memories that go along with ornaments! I have a box full that I didn't use, but they are still important to me!

Richard Cottrell said...

Your tree is wow!. I love the family favorite things. It all must bring back memories, each year, when you get them out and decorate. That is what Christmas traditions is all about. Beautiful. Richard from My Old Historic House.

Pat said...

Your tree is lovely, Babs!

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

what a great idea for the silve baby cups..mine, my husbands and moms are in my cupboard

Martha said...

I love your tree -- so full of memories -- I think that's what Christmas trees should be!

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

What a great way to display the silver mugs and spoons. Brilliant actually...thanks for sharing the ornaments you and your husband made. Love the cow!

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

Ha...OK I guess it's technically a bull. I was close...

Ivy and Elephants said...

So unique and wonderful! It's so special that they all have such wonderful memories, just what the season is all about! Happy holidays!
Patti

Cindy said...

What a wonderful tree!!! I love all of the precious ornaments. My kids are all getting older and they love when I start putting up the "family" tree. Lots of good memories isn't that what it's all about!
Thanks for sharing

Jann Olson said...

Oh how fun! It's all those quirky little things that make Christmas memories so special. And that's no BULL! Sorry, I couldn't resist.

mtashie said...

I love the special ornaments. It reminds me of my own tree. I'm your newest follower!! Hope you check me out!

Jojo said...

That macaroni wreath is the best! They are all beautiful but I love the flood of memories that come with your Christmas tree.

Tanya@takesix said...

Perfect ornaments!! I believe the memories are what Christmas tree ornaments are all about! Love it!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Your ornaments have so much character :) Love them!

Ali said...

Their all wonderful, especially the hedgehog with the bagpipes!

Ali

Suzy said...

There's nothing better than a Christmas tree filled with special ornaments that bring back wonderful memories. Yours is quite simply perfect! Have a very blessed Christmas.

Vicky said...

Great tree! I love all of your interesting ornaments. I think the macaroni one your son made is my favorite. Can I just say it has held up incredibly well! I am a new follower visiting from the Tablescaper. Vicky from Mess For Less

Christina at I Gotta Create! said...

I love all things quirky! But what touched my heart is your sons macaroni ornament. (quite the little artist back in the day, too!). <3 Christina

Lynnie @ Vintage Gal Style said...

Hi Babs,

I do like that Scottish bagpiper ornament, so darn cute. It almost gives it a bear like quality.

Hugs, Lynnie.