Christmas Ornaments Around the World

A few weeks ago, I posted about Christmas ornaments that we have collected and I loved all the comments and tweets I got about it.  I asked some of my travel blogger buddies if they would share their favorite ornaments with us! 

LoveBaby LoveTravel Tree DecorationThis decoration was bought in Bellagio, Lake Como. Since getting married my husband and I have bought a new decoration each time we go on holiday.  This one is particularly special to me because it was the first holiday abroad my husband and I took with our son Euan. He was five months old and we were on a driving holiday of Europe.  The trip was really special and it was actually while travelling that I decided to start my blog. I’m looking forward to hanging this decoration for the first time this year. It’s Euan’s first Christmas and I can’t wait!
Mother of all trips Christmas ornamentsI had a hard time choosing which ornament was my favorite! Ultimately I picked the newest two from our trip to Bath this past summer. We bought them at the gift shop at the Roman Baths Museum. I love them because they remind me of all the realities of traveling with kids. Our day in Bath was a little bit trying because Tommy was overtired and spazzy and we’d been no the road for over a week and were all just a smidge sick of each other. But the museum was such a gorgeous and interesting place (and had such a great audioguide for kids) that we all enjoyed ourselves anyway. It’s the only place on our two week trip where we bought any souvenirs and I think that’s because we wanted to remember how cool it was to stand among the remains of an ancient civilization. I also love what the ornaments say about the boys and their personalities. Teddy loved the bling of the crown jewels when we were at the Tower of London and knew that he had to have the crown. But Tommy, being eight, couldn’t choose anything “pretty” and had to pick the Roman centurion (although I know he really enjoyed the crown jewels too).
-Mara, Mother of All Trips


While it’s not the most festive ornament on our tree, I love this little canoe ornament that my husband and I purchased in Manchester, Vermont two years ago. We had just finished a 9-mile canoe ride down the Battenkill River. It’s the exact same canoe trip I went on countless times as a child. We were even camping at the very same camping site I spent a week at every summer growing up. And to make things full circle, just a few days earlier I learned I was pregnant with our son. So this meant it was our first trip as family with our own child. 
I own at least 200 unique Christmas ornaments — that’s a moderate guess. Some of them are favorites from childhood my mom has given me. And our family collection grows every time we travel. I *love* buying inexpensive Christmas ornaments as souvenirs from our travels. Every time we open the Christmas ornament box in December, we’re reminded of great family vacations. This tradition actually started when I was a kid! In this photo is a star with “1979” embroidered on it — that was the ornament my mom bought in New York City during a trip to the Big Apple when I was just 10; brings back GREAT memories of seeing Manhattan for the first time. The toucan is from Costa Rica, a trip my husband and I went on before we were married. The tropical fish with the nativity scene is from 1999’s honeymoon in Puerto Rico. The bear has a lei and hula skirt on — from our family’s most recent trip to Hawaii. All good stuff!

I’ve always enjoyed visiting the northern Michigan studio and store of the late Gwen Frostic. I’ve purchased greeting cards, wrapping paper, tote bags, and signed prints featuring Gwen’s beautiful nature images, and this little chickadee ornament features one of my favorite images from Gwen. Word filtered out early this year that the owners who acquired Gwen’s studio and wood-block images after her death lost the business to foreclosure, and many of Gwen’s fans feared the studio/store and her iconic images were lost forever. The story has a happy ending, though. New owners purchased the rights to Gwen’s artwork, bought the business, and reopened one of my favorite “Up North” destinations at the beginning of this past summer. So hanging my ornament again this year brought happy memories and anticipation of yet another visit to Gwen’s!

-Dominique, Midwest Guest




And my favorite ornaments?  This year I have two favorite ones.  This Mardi Gras crawfish  is the very first ornament my husband and I picked out together.  We got this little guy on our honeymoon to New Orleans in 2000.  Ever year since, this ornament has a place of honor on our tree.  It is the last ornament that we hang up and it is the last ornament that we take down!


We got this ornament at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum last year or the year before.  It is one of my favorite ornaments this year because everytime the kids walk by it they ask about it.  They want to know where we got it and why outer space is on it.  Everytime I tell them the story, they quickly remember that this was a trip they took with their cousins and they loved seeing the gigantic space shuttles!

Thanks so much to all of my awesome blogging buddies for sharing their special ornaments!

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