Ornaments: Adult History

This is the second is a four part series on Christmas ornaments that we have on our tree.  For the first part, click here.

When Mr. Cookie and I moved in together, we didn’t have a lot of many things.  Not a lot of money.  Not a lot of shared traditions.  Not a lot of holiday decorations.  No car.  So, when Christmas came around that first year, we settled on the cheapest fake tree we could find (Mr. Cookie was and continues to be- to a lesser extent- negatively affected by large plants).  I still remember.  It was a $20 tree from the Walgreens half a mile from our house.  I spotted the special in that week’s newspaper circular and would give Mr. Cookie no rest until it was in our living room.  We bought that tree and then proceeded to buy a variety of the cheapest ornaments we could find at the same store.  I remember lugging that things back through the snow with Mr. Cookie and setting it up in our apartment.  The patriotically colored balls were hung carefully on the short, sad, barren tree.

We had no topper.  The lights were also multi-colored and we made sure to buy a couple strands even though the tree wasn’t even as tall as me just so we could wrap them as compactly as possible.  Still, that tree represented our first Christmas living together and as such, was incredibly special.  Mom, hearing my description of our sad little tree, sent us the first in a long line of yearly ornaments commemorating a year together.  Each year to this day she continues the tradition.  As such, this was one of the first Christmas traditions Mr. Cookie and I shared.

I know, I know.  They have our names on them.  At least they can’t be googled.  It wouldn’t be until a couple years later that we had ornaments that were not of the cheap drug store variety (this was the first year we didn’t even use them) or the mom-purchased variety.  Stay tuned Wednesday for the next installment:  Accomplishments.

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    […] the third in a series of four posts on the ornaments adorning our tree this year.  The first and second ones can be found at the […]


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