How to Make Your Very Own Mom Tree. One that will make your heart sing, and maybe bring a few tears, every time you see it.

For the last few days, my friend Diane from An Extraordinary Day and I have been joining our friends from the 31 Days of Christmas Ornaments blog hop to share some Christmas tree inspiration with you.

 

For the Christmas Tree Ornament Tour I shared my vintage-vibe Santa that was so easy to make – you can get the instructions here plus see all of the other beautiful ornaments!

How to Fill a Christmas Tree with your Mom Memories

For this Christmas Tree hop I’m sharing with you something from the heart.  My Mom Tree.

How to Fill a Christmas Tree with your Mom Memories

Our main tree isn’t decorated yet….oh, I am soooo on the ball, but when it is decorated it will be a fancier tree.  Something that the ornaments from the tree I’m sharing with you today wouldn’t quite “fit” on but they’re still important to me so I decided to dedicate a tree just to them.

How to Fill a Christmas Tree with your Mom Memories

If you like stories 😉 I’ll be sharing a short story with you for almost each ornament on this tree.

How to Fill a Christmas Tree with your Mom Memories

The ornament above, Baby’s First Christmas, was given to my oldest son by my Mother for his first Christmas.  It’s sort of plain, but it holds so many memories.  I remember being a Mom that first Christmas and being absolutely overwhelmed with love. Everything my oldest son did made me happy.  It’s also special because it was the only ornament any of my children had the opportunity to receive from my Mother who died in an accident not even 2 years later, just 2 days before Christmas.  I still cry when I think of it, but that ornament anchors me to happy memories.

How to Fill a Christmas Tree with your Mom Memories

I made this Popcorn Heart ornament with my oldest son.  I was a stay-at-home Mom then and my son and I did projects and crafts together all of the time.  Some of the popcorn is missing but this heart will always come out for display on Christmas.

How to Fill a Christmas Tree with your Mom Memories

The little pompom snowman above is another special ornament.  Again, my oldest son and I made these together.  He wanted Pappy (my Dad) to have one and this was his.  Pappy put this on the sun visor in his car and there it stayed until his passing a few years later.  *tears again*

How to Fill a Christmas Tree with your Mom Memories

The two little foxes at the bottom represent my first Christmas with my husband and the one above it, the snowmen in a snow globe, are another ornament that reminds me of my husband and I….plus, I love snow globes and snowmen.

How to Fill a Christmas Tree with your Mom Memories

This chenille candy cane is an ornament from my Grandma, probably from the 1940’s or 1950’s I’m guessing but nobody did decor and holidays better than Grandma so this is a nod to her. ♥

How to Fill a Christmas Tree with your Mom Memories

When my middle son was a little guy his nursery theme was Hey Diddle Diddle the Cat and the Fiddle, and was decorated with Moons.  I loved to read to him and just snuggle him closely so when I saw this ornament when he was still a little guy (probably about 15 months old) I had to buy it.  He’s all grown up now and there are no more book-reading snuggles but I have those memories tucked away.

How to Fill a Christmas Tree with your Mom Memories

And this perhaps gaudy sparkly ornament isn’t about the past, but about the future.  Someday, I dream of a house with a chandelier, maybe a house where I’ll have grandchildren surrounding me and I’ll have a tree filled with Grandma Memories…..

How to Fill a Christmas Tree with your Mom Memories

Here’s to the past…a gift unwrapped and filled with joyous memories and to the future and the wonderful memories it holds!

Merry Christmas dear friends!

For more Christmas Tree Inspiration, please check out the trees from my wonderful friends below.

For more extraordinary Christmas tree inspiration, please visit these lovely blogs…

Day 1Day 1 - An Extraordinary Christmas Tree TourAn Extraordinary Day | My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia | Petticoat Junktion | The Crafting Nook

Day 2Day 2 - An Extraordinary Christmas Tree TourLovely Etc. | Celebrating Everyday Life | Stone Gable | Sweet Pea | Atta Girl Says

Day 3Day 3 - An Extraordinary Christmas Tree TourI Should be Mopping the Floor | What Meegan Makes | Remodelando la Casa | Cupcakes & Crinoline

Fill a Tree with Mom Memories that will make your heart sing