Our Blessing Tree

Decking the halls at our house…

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We have always made a big deal out of decorating our tree. It’s a major thing in our house, and the way we do it is a tradition that I’m sure my boys will always remember. Over the years our tree has turned into a Blessing Tree {explained more by Tim in our post last year} and way more than just part of decorating for Christmas.

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When were were first married we started a little tradition that we didn’t even plan. I think those work out best, don’t you?

We have always been travelers, not like in a circus, but we go EVERY chance we get. When we had children some people said we wouldn’t be able to travel as much with little ones, but we went even more! The joy of showing children new places and discovering God’s amazing creations together is one that no one should miss!

On each trip we collect ornaments from new cities or countries we visit along the way. They’re small, they pack well, and they’re jam packed with memories of where we bought it, what we were doing, and how we got there. Ornaments are some of the best souvenirs ever created!

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This year Grandma Shuman came over to join us for our tree decorating event! What a blessing to have her share in our memories as we unwrapped each ornament. Some were even from trips that we had all been on together, like New Orleans and a family cruise.

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We have to buy a big, fat tree each year. That usually involves at least three stops to find just the right one, but this year we found one in record time! {The boys were thrilled about that!}

When we’ve finished hanging ornaments, we have a few baby ornaments, some the kids made, a handful that were gifts, and TONS of trip ornaments!

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Here’s one from London…one of my many favorites!

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One year we stopped to check out Austin. A.J. was named after the city and he just happens to be a guitar playing freak, so this is the perfect ornament from such a cool town.

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A.J. topped off the tree this year without anything to step on…he’s THAT tall now!

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This ornament always reminds us all just how amazing a hail storm can really be…we were parked there during one. Oh, and the monument was neat, too.

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Here’s the newest addition…Panama! The boys went on a fabulous cruise to the Panama Canal with their grandparents last month. {We didn’t get to go with them, but I won’t go on about how sad that was in this holiday post.} Since they’re homeschooled, we just called it a BIG field trip!

Thanks for stopping by to share in our Christmas tree decorating. One of the things I’ve really enjoyed about reading blogs is learning how other families celebrate. Do you have some Christmas family traditions that you just couldn’t go without?

Merry Christmas~

5 thoughts on “Our Blessing Tree”

  1. Oh Kim, I’m so glad to be back for a visit to your blog. I know you’ve been writing on your Etsy blog but I also love this one about your traveling lives. I also have collected ornaments from all over the world. Whenever my husband and I have visited a new place, we always try to find an ornament as a special memory. Now when I decorate the tree, I smile as I remember each one. Of course, the majority of my ornaments are still focused on Jesus but I also enjoy these favorites too.

    Merry Christmas to you and your family,
    .-= Debbie´s last blog ..Then Sings My Soul Saturday ~ Emmanuel =-.

  2. It was wonderful to join in the tree decorating-I felt It was a trip down memory lane and a wonderful tradition-of course it comes as no surprise to you that I love tradition !! Love you all !!!

  3. I love you all. Mom had so much fun joining you’ll she said it was great. I really enjoyed being together for christmas hope we spend many more tpgether. Love to all of you and Happy New Year hope this one bring only good thing’s for us all 2010.

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