Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Hey, lo, and behold, there are halos and wings in my tree

I don't really know when it happened. I'm not sure how it all started. Looking back now, I think it began with her: Years ago, Scott and I were on a mini-vacation in Helen, Georgia and we bought this little carved wood angel ornament at a Christmas shop there as a souvenir. It was Bavarian-esque and a cute little reminder of our trip.

A few years later, I realized that every time we took a trip I looked for Christmas ornaments to take home as souvenirs. Like these guys (yes, DisneyWorld):

Once we took a vacation to Virginia with my in-laws. My mother-in-law bought me this beautiful blown glass ornament in Williamsburg. It's even more special now because last year she took up her eternal residence with the angels.

And then, after a few more trips, I realized that not only was I buying souvenir ornaments, specifically they were angel ornaments. I didn't plan it that way. It just happened.

I began finding angels made out of other things....

Like okra

and sea critters

and macaroni

and cotton bolls

and straw

I also discovered, that like the wise men, angel ornaments often come in sets of three. I like to think of them representing me and my two sisters. Yes, three little angels. (well, OK, so that's a little debatable).

And then Marbles the Cat made herself at home at our house and I began looking for cat angel ornaments. On the back of this one I wrote "Marbles' 1st Christmas 2004".

And subsequent years...

And then I bought some angel ornaments just because they had red hair like me.

And there are many, many others. Angels with heart shapes. Musical angels. On and on.By the time I realized what was happening, I couldn't stop myself. It has become almost a quest to see if I can find angel ornaments wherever I go. Now, my Christmas tree is full of angel ornaments. Well, almost full. There's always room for one more. There's lots of good news to share.

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests." Luke 2:13-14


Jules from "The Roost" said...

I love each and every one of them! What a wonderful thing to collect for your tree! :)

The Pink Potpourri said...

wow! i love all of their ornaments! and i love how they're all very special and unique, coming from different locations and special memories

Antique Mommy said...

Love'em, especially that first one.