Ornament Tradition

We finally got our Christmas tree up.  I am looking forward to showing you pictures of the completed product, but I have a few finishing touches to do.  So I thought I would share with you a tradition that Michael Luke and I have.  Every year, we purchase a Christmas ornament that captures how we celebrated our wedding anniversary.  Our anniversary is in March, which adds the extra challenge of finding a Christmas ornament that time of year.

We have five ornaments so far (one for every year plus our honeymoon).

Michael Luke and I tied the knot March 10, 2007.  We spent a week in Jamaica for our honeymoon!  And to commemorate our trip, we bought this seashell ornament to remind us of our “fun in the sun”.

Michael Luke surprised me with a trip to Helen, GA for our first anniversary.  We spent an extended weekend at a cabin in the woods.  Helen is a really interesting little town.  The whole place is designed to look like an old German village.  We had fun shopping and visiting this amazing dinner theatre, as well as relaxing and spending time together in our cabin.

We thought this little guy was a perfect way to remember our almost-German vacation.  I would love to go back and spend a week there in the Spring or Summer.

For year two we might have gone overboard… but we enjoyed it!

That’s right Las Vegas!  Michael Luke had a physical therapy convention here, so we decided to celebrate our anniversary too.  We splurged on tickets to Cirque de Soleil’s Ka and enjoyed a great dinner at an amazing sushi restaurant (sorry I don’t remember the name).

Year three we stayed home and went to see Broadway Across America’s The Wizard of Oz.

We selected our season tickets so that this showing would fall on our anniversary!  It was fun mixing up our ordinary week with a trip to the theatre.

This year, we took advantage of a Living Social deal offering a reduced two night stay at the Degas House in New Orleans, LA.

We enjoyed staying at a bed and breakfast and walking the streets of NOLA.  For our anniversary dinner, we ate at Antoine’s.  Since it was our anniversary, they gave us a private dining room and complimentary champagne!  We loved the five star treatment.

Since we have only been married four years (almost five), our ornaments share the tree with all of our others.  Someday, we plan to have a tree dedicated to just our anniversary ornaments.  We might have to start out with a miniature tree!

What about you?  Do you have ornaments with special meanings behind them?

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5 thoughts on “Ornament Tradition

  1. Regan @ RenovatingRothenbergers

    What a sweet idea! 🙂 Every year for Christmas my dad gives me an ornament that symbolized something from that year . . . it’s always fun pulling the ornaments out and seeing what he’s chosen over the years. I’m thinking my husband & I need to do something like this though!!

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