As I mentioned yesterday, the Fashion Mister and I started the tradition of collecting Christmas Tree ornaments from the different places we travel as a way to save special memories and relive them as we decorate the tree each year, even if it requires a little imagination or DIY. We now have ornaments from all the places we have traveled together and will continue this tradition until we are too old to travel or we can no longer fit a big enough tree in our house!
You would also have noticed that we found Christmas ornaments in places where you might not think they would be that easy to find…Hong Kong (many Buddhist) and Egypt (predominately Islamic) which makes them just that little bit more special.
Interestingly, the place I found it most difficult to find Christmas Ornaments (mind you I am picky and want something unique) is one of the most Catholic countries in the world – SPAIN! Don’t get me wrong, there were Christmas ornaments everywhere. They just weren’t different or unique. Most were things I could get back home or were just plain too touristy. What I really wanted were little versions of the giant metallic bulls you see all over the southern part of Spain.
No Bull: They are iconic in Southern Spain. You’d think it would be easy finding small versions that could be hung on a tree…you’d be wrong! I only found one place that had them small enough to hang on a tree but I think they were made of cast iron which made them far too heavy to hang on a tree branch. I nearly had to settle for some tacky little key-rings but I couldn’t bring myself to doing that to our tradition.
Luckily, I became inspired while we were in a little shop in Vejer de la Frontera. And then it happened again at another shop in the tiny village.
Painted Tiles: Everywhere we went in Spain there were beautiful painted tiles including in the shops. As a nod to that I selected three small tiles that had magnets on the back. But I wasn’t going to use them on my fridge, I wanted them for our Christmas tree. The three I chose are in my mind classics to remind us of our trip. The standard bull and red cape (representing the Bull Fights), Don Quixote (the Man of La Mancha), and something a little Moorish from Vejer. By cutting small pieces of green ribbon and hot gluing them to one corner of the tile we now have three gorgeous additions to our Christmas Tree Ornament tradition.
More Moorish Inspiration: I also found this great pair of Moorish inspired earrings. I loved the red and gold together and they come with their own hangers! It truly doesn’t get any easier than that.
Here’s a reminder of how they look on our tree.
I had the greatest compliment from a co-worker last night. She had a look at our tree and said, “It’s a very eclectic mix, but I think it might be the best Christmas Tree I have ever seen”. Don’t you know the Fashion Mister and I both were beaming after that!
Don’t be afraid to create your own family traditions for the holidays. Which sometimes means using a little imagination and actually “creating” something unique. A little DIY Christmas tree ornament can go a long way to holding on to memories.
- DIY Christmas Ornaments! (makeabirthdaywish.wordpress.com)
- Beaded Christmas Tree Ornaments Tutorial (folkhaven.wordpress.com)
- Christmas Ornament Craft: Recycled Snowman (inspiredbyfamilymag.com)