I think that most people who put up Christmas trees have certain ornaments that are extra special to them. I've highlighted some of mine in past Xmas posts, so at the risk of being boring, I won't repeat myself. (At least not today: I make no promises for when we decorate the tree this weekend!)
Marie from Oak Cottage moved houses in the past year and is missing some beloved ornaments that are, as is usually the case, irreplaceable. She hopes they aren't lost forever. This got me thinking about people who lose their houses to fire and how it's always the little things that they grieve the most.
I'm not financially able to take vacations to far away places any longer. But I do try to go somewhere special every few years; and while I'm gone, I buy a Xmas ornament so every year I can relive the happy memories. My tree also has some unique "ornaments" to commemorate my darling international children -- key chains, cardboard drawings, etc.
I visited a friend in Cape Breton in the summer of 2012, and we had a wonderful 5 days of hiking and beach walks and relaxation. During one of our beach visits after a huge storm had blown through a month earlier, we found the beach littered with seal carcases, poor dears! Not the most picturesque setting, but they didn't smell and it certainly was memorable. Towards the end of the trip, I found the perfect Xmas ornament -- a glass seal (much like the one here but in brown tones and covered with glitter). I remember looking at it again when I unpacked ....... and that's the last I saw of it! It was in a plain brown paper bag, so I'm assuming I inadvertently threw it out with the trash. Boo hoo! I've searched everywhere for another pretty seal, but I've had no luck to date.
I bought a few ornaments during our travels in NL this past summer. And I'm looking forward to those memories joining the many others that will hang on this year's tree. But even though I hardly had him for longer than a week, that little seal ornament is still missed!
What about you guys: anyone else missing special ornaments? Tell me about them so we can grieve together.