From Frank Sinatra and Alicia Keys singing about it, to all the wonderful movies that have been made in it, New York is one of the world’s favorite places.
I’m so proud to have been born and bred there. I was a real NYC girl until 27 when I married and moved away. But whenever we go back to visit the relatives I slip back into forgetting to pronounce my “Rs” and speaking really, really fast!
This ornament was purchased during the 2011 holiday season when hubby, daughter and I were back for Christmas. We took my niece, Alison, and my in-laws to see Chicago on Broadway and I just had to have an ornament to commemorate the great day we all had. The one blight? The apostrophe in Jaegers. I never noticed it until the street artist was finished. The writer in me is appalled, but the New Yorker in my just finds it funny.
Before Covid – when we could actually go to another country – my husband, daughter, and I traveled several times to England and Ireland ( my two favorite travel places on earth!) The first time was when my daughter was 8. We took my sister-in-law Kathleen with us because she’s a great traveler, and a good navigator in the car.
I am not.
My husband used her for a co-pilot the entire time we drove around the Ring of Kerry while I sat in the back with my 8 year old. It was a great trip.
The second time was when my daughter was deciding where she wanted to go to college during her sophomore high school year. She applied to Oxford and wanted to study literature there. We combined that trip with one to Ireland again.
Yet another trip was when my daughter did a summer semester at one of the Oxford colleges- I forget which.
The last time we visited the British and Emerald Isles was when she was a sophomore at Dartmouth because she was doing a semester abroad in Dublin. That trip sparked the following ornament that she brought back to the US as a present for me.
I have a few England ones as well, but this one is so pretty I wanted to spotlight it today.
More tomorrow, peeps. We’re almost done. Promise. LOL
The last family vacation – and by family I mean the entire Jaeger clan – took was a cruise to Nova Scotia in 2019. One of the stops was in Bar Harbor, Maine. I’d never been before and I fell in love with the tiny, quaint, seaside town. While there, I purchased ornaments for myself, my four sisters-in-law- and my bro in law and his wife to commemorate our trip.
They were all the same as this one, just different names.
Cute, no? Hee hee.
I actually love it because, first…moose! You can’t go wrong with a good KissmasMoose, and second, they really stand out on the tree because they’re not small. Each ornament is about 5 inches long, which is long for an ornament.
I’m gonna switch to the other tree that I have up and decorated in my house for the next few days of ornament sharing.
I told you a while back I have one tree decorated with ornaments from all the places we as a family have traveled, and places my daughter has traveled on her own. For today, it’s a shared vaca.
Several years ago the entire Jaeger family went on a cruise. It was my very first one and I’ll tell you this _ I get wicked seasick so you can imagine how wonderful the trip went for me ( note the sarcasm here, peeps.)
But…having said that, being all together and spending so much time together was a real treat. To commemorate the event, I bought this in the Bahamas:
It kinda looks like the cruise ship we too, took. Hee hee
But then, don’t all cruise ships look pretty much the same?? Until tomorrow, peeps.
I’ve made so many new friends since I became a published author. I can truly say I’ve been blessed that those friends are also readers of my work – a great two-fer in the relationship department. One of those friends, the lovely Jennifer Kerfien, sends me a hand-made ornament that she constructs every Christmas. They are so beautiful and they all sit in a place of honor on the tree. This one is my fav – made of pages of one of my books!
Honestly, every year she outdoes herself.
Jennifer and I share a love of reading, labradors, and having fun!
Eons ago my daughter won the New Hampshire State Spelling Bee and competed in the Scripps National Spelling bee in Washington, DC.
It’s fairly impossible to explain how proud her father and I were of her.
Her entire extended family took a trip to Washington DC for 4 days to watch her compete. Thrilling doesn’t begin to describe it. Back then I was a frequent patron of a paint-your-own-pottery store in my home town and to commemorate the event, I made this ornament:
Every year when I put it on the tree my daughter groans. Too bad, I always tell her. This was an event so profound in her parents’ lives that it has to be remembered every year.
She still groans, but at least she lets me put it up, hee hee.
Such a happy memory, just what an ornament should be.
I like pop culture, not gonna deny it. I’m a little out of the times this year because I’ve been busy with other stuff, but when my daughter was little, we had a ton of ornaments from tv shows, pop icons, etc.
Today I’ve got a trio of ornaments that I still put up on the tree because they are so stinkin’ cute and they represent girl empowerment to me.
The PowerPuff Girls was a TV show back in the day about 3 little girls who possessed extraordinary powers. But they were still little girls even though they flew around protecting the world from bad guys and that I think that was the greatest part of their charm. Even though they were superheroes they still had sister fights, little girl tantrums, and still needed to learn life lessons on each episode.
Blossom, Buttercup, and Bubbles were the cuties’s names and I bought these for my daughter when she was 7 years old.