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Day Twelve here we are. This was made for me by my godson, although, he may have had a little help. I don’t think he or his helper knew that crescent moons are a favorite of mine. I have a collection of crescent moon brooches; come to think of it, perhaps a tree completely decorated with crescent moons is in my future.

What is in your future, readers, is another year of fashion, style, vintage, and the arts here on ODFL.

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It’s Day Eleven and we’re taking a peek underneath the tree at the felt NYC taxi cab with a Christmas tree atop.

This ornament is too big to hang, but it’s a perfect addition to the scene going on under the tree. I bought this felt cab at Leroy’s Place in Brooklyn. Yet another reminder of yet another travel adventure.

Our last day is tomorrow. You made it this far, don’t miss Day Twelve.

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Welcome to Day Ten. Today we have a boy snowshoeing, something that I would like to do some day. He’s made of wood and is hand painted. I have quite a few of these wood ornaments and they have a European feel to me.

We’re getting close to the end. Come back tomorrow.

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On Day Nine we take a trip to South Korea.

Traditional Korean clothing (called hanbok) had no pockets, so people carried little round pouches (called jumeoni) to hold their necessities. There are different styles of jumeoni and while some are embroidered most include traditional Korean knots. The ornament pictured above is made of silk fabric in traditional Korean colors and is a welcome reminder of my travels to South Korea.

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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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We are half way there! Day Six and it’s one of my very favorites.

This London Double Decker Bus is an actual ornament that I bought at Kensington Palace. When my partner and I traveled to London for the first time together, he had us taking the bus all over the city. I usually take the Tube so this was a whole new view of London. I learned that just getting on a bus and riding anywhere is a great way to see all kinds of neighborhoods. The bus we took the most was the 44. I wrote in black ink “44” on the front of this bus. It’s our bus, full of our London adventures!

Another ornament that, when I unpack, takes me to another time and place.

There’s more to come tomorrow.

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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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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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