The past couple of years, I’ve shared with you our Cheesy Christmas advent calendar adventures where, in a nutshell, we had a new cheese to taste each day of the 24 days between December 1st and Christmas Eve.
Last year we were a teeny bit disappointed because, overall, there were a lot of repeat cheeses the second time around so this year we decided to do something different.
This year, instead, I’m going to take you on a little trip around our Christmas Tree…
Curious? … take a look…
A Hodge-Podge Tree
Our tree is a little bit of a hodge-podge… a collection of ornaments that we’ve picked up here & there, some that we’ve been given and some that we’ve made.
We don’t change it up every year or follow the latest Pinterest trends. If anything, we simply add to it with a few new items… or memories.
So… over the next three weeks, I’ll share with you a new ornament daily & include any details around its meaning, origin, etc.
Let’s start with the first one…
From an Israeli Olive Grove
I really quite love simple, natural materials on the tree, so there are a few ornaments that are made out of wood. Among them, a little collection of ornaments carved out of olive tree wood, which came from Israel. If memory serves me correctly, they even came from somewhere near Bethlehem…. (but that could be just my mind wanting to embellish… honestly don’t remember).
We picked them up a number of years ago at the Kingston Farmers’ Market, just outside of Saint John. It’s a place we quite loved to frequent and we cut our teeth on parenting there. The year Sophie was born, we began selling Belgian waffles at the market and earned the moniker “the waffle guy”. Our waffles sold like hot cakes (pardon the pun).
This one is a Christmas ball with a nativity scene in it, but there are other shapes as well… a bell, a Christmas tree, etc. We didn’t bring all our decorations with us when we came to France, but these ones made the cut and I love pulling them out each year!
… and that’s today’s Christmas ornament.
I have that same little wooden ornament from Israel
Heyyyy my friend, what an early-Christmas present to read your words! Love you!
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