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This crescent-moon-shape Santa is so very charming. He was part of a package of miniature ornaments that I bought at the Mills College Bookstore. They often had random things and I lucked out with this find. I love a whimsical ornament.

If it’s Day Eight then it’s New Year’s Day. Happy New Year!! Wishing all ODFL readers a stylin’ 2022.

And what will Day Nine bring us? Come on back tomorrow and find out.

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It’s a festive shoe on Day Seven. I found a set of painted wood shoes at the Victoria & Albert Museum gift shop. Each one a different style with a different painted pattern. The package said: Designed in the UK, Made in China.

When I unwrap these ornaments, I imagine a shoe shop all decked out for the holidays complete with a table top tree on the counter decorated only with little shoe ornaments. It makes me wish I owned a shoe shop. But no, I am writer and perhaps this vivid image will end up in one of my stories.

Stop by tomorrow for Day Eight.

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Day Five of The Twelve Days of Tree Ornaments is hand made from salt dough.

I found this festive fowl along with several other salt dough ornaments shopping one day after Christmas. Isn’t he charming? He’s nicely preserved with some kind of shellac, which is why I have had him all these years. Miniature ornaments are hard to come by, so this was a lucky find.

Check back tomorrow for Day Six and see what more luck I’ve had.

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Welcome to Day Four of The Twelve Days of Tree Ornaments. Today’s ornament isn’t really an ornament, but instead this bear is part of my small stuffed animal collection and he’s very special. I place him under the tree.

His name is Felix and he was a gift from my father when I was ten years old, so that makes him an Elder Bear. On top of that he’s a Steiff, which are German made and are collectible (or used to be – is anything collectible anymore?)

Felix is wearing a smart sweater that was hand knitted by my friend, Kathleen. I can’t look at Felix without thinking of my father and all the Christmases of my childhood, which he always tried to make extra festive. It’s nice to revisit these memories.

Revisit ODFL tomorrow for another installment of The Twelve Days of Tree Ornaments.

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Today, Day Three of the Twelve Days of Tree Ornaments, we have a silver skate charm.

About ten years ago I decided I wanted to learn how to ice skate. So, I took a class and then I took private lessons. I loved bundling up in vintage sweaters, pulling on my bright white new skates and learning how to glide across the ice. Well, it was more learning how to fall; the gliding was hard to come by.

At the time, a friend of mine from work was collecting antique silver charms. We had the love of antique jewelry in common and we often shared our latest finds. I asked her to keep an eye out for a skate charm for me and she said, “Or I could just give you the one I have.” A few days later she came to my office with a box containing a silver skate charm. I love the detailing and the bottom opens! It’s a nice addition to my tree and it holds pleasant memories of my skating adventures and my friend from work.

Tomorrow is another day, another Tree Ornament. Tune in.

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Day Two of The Twelve Days of Tree Ornaments is Big Ben. I am a total Anglophile and I travel to the UK whenever I get the chance (in fact, I’m way overdue for a visit thanks to the pandemic). I picked up this Big Ben keychain from a street vendor because I like the historic clock tower, but it wasn’t until the following Christmas when I was decorating my tree that I had the idea that the keychain is the perfect size for an ornament. Off came the round hook, replaced with a ribbon. From then on, when I travel I look for keychain souvenirs that work for the tree.

Today is Boxing Day, which is a holiday in the UK. There are many stories as to the origin of this holiday, but the one I like best is this: in the Victorian era, the day after Christmas wealthy people would “box up” some of their possessions that they no longer wanted and give them to “the poor.” Today I think it’s just an extension of the Christmas season.

In my house, we have our own Boxing Day tradition and that is to do nothing or whatever we want to do. By this time, I need a break from the festivities so the day is unplanned. Usually we read, take a long afternoon walk, nibble on leftover goodies. In the evening we might watch a movie. It’s a moment to moment day of peace and quiet.

Today is also the first day of Kwanzaa. Happy Kwanzaa!

I hope you’re enjoying some peace and quite. Come on back tomorrow for Day Three.

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The Twelve Days of Christmas tradition on ODFL continues. This year the theme is miniature tree decorations.

One Christmas season my mother gave me a plastic tabletop tree. Since she was/is allergic to live Christmas trees, this was our replacement. It stands about two feet tall and I put it on my coffee table. That was the start of many years of collecting miniature ornaments that fit on my small tree. In the beginning, since I didn’t have a lot, I used vintage earrings and when I traveled I’d buy a souvenir keychain take off the ring and put a ribbon on it – perfect for an ornament and a nice reminder of my travels.

After all the holiday hustle bustle check in with ODFL on Christmas Day for The Twelve Days of Tree Ornaments. Then settle in for eleven more days of ornaments and the little tales that go with them.

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