Christmas Ornaments Around the World – 2013 Edition

When you travel, is there something in particular that you always pick up for a souvenir?  We have had a few things throughout the years.  For the past few years, we have been picking up a small piece of street art.  I have been slowly framing them all and when we move into a more permanent home, I plan to hang all of the pieces in a prominent spot in the house.  For awhile, we collected magnets.  On one trip, we bought shirts everywhere we went and my daughter loves to collect stuffed animals from our trip.  One thing that we have constantly collected through the years is Christmas ornaments.

In fact, we have so many Christmas ornaments from our travels that I have decided that next year we will have one tree just for travel.  My family loves to decorate the tree with ornaments from our travels.  It probably takes us four times as long to decorate because we have to stop with each ornament and talk about that one time or that funny thing that happened on the trip in which we got the ornament.

A few years ago, I asked some family travel bloggers to share a picture of one of their favorite travel ornaments and where it came from.  I decided that it would be fun to bring it back and make it something that I do each year.


Elaine from Carpe Travel shares this Father Frost.  They picked up Father Frost during the holidays on a trip to Moscow, Russia.


Farrah, from The Three Under, shares this ornament from Dusseldorf but it holds a special meaning for her and the town she left to move overseas for a bit.

“I have many ornaments that are my ‘favorites’, but this year is our first year being able to add European Christmas market ornaments to our collection. I picked this one up most recently at the Christmas market in Dusseldorf, Germany. I’ve always loved poinsettias- and feel like this ornament has a connection to our ‘home’ in South Carolina since we are expats in the Netherlands.  The poinsettia plant was named after Joel Roberts Poinsett, an American physician and diplomat in South Carolina who introduced the plant into the United States in 1825. Where we’re from in SC there are hotels, streets and shops all which bear his name. It is nice to have that reminder of home overseas.”


Liz, from Travelogged, has a great ornament collection from travels as well.  She says that “I think that these days my favorite ornament souvenir is this dragon from Wales. He’s not even technically an ornament, but he hangs on the tree quite nicely! He’s very cheerful and my toddler loves him. The dragon reminds me of a fantastic trip to Wales, which itself is a very magical place.

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Colleen, from Travel Mamas, has a hard time choosing her favorite ornament.  I understand.  I have so many favorite travel ornaments!

“I don’t know if this is my favorite Christmas ornament from our travels…how to choose?! But it is one of our most recent ornament acquisitions. I love this ornament from my 12th wedding anniversary trip with my my husband this past summer because it reminds me of the love and romance we experienced in this sweet Coastal California town. The cottage-shaped ornament embodies the quaint, friendly village of Carmel-by-the-Sea.”



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    Thanks for including our Father Frost. Happy New Year!