Tree of Memories

Dear Liza,

Well, our new Christmas tree is up and decorated. It looks so pretty, sitting by the window of our new home. But I love it mostly for the memories it is decorated with.

Auntie Bridgett has ornaments from her childhood in Eureka, California. Her first Snoopy ornament, along with two ceramic angels she painted with her mom when she was seven, hold precious memories for her.

Auntie Bridgett’s Angels



I have some ornaments that belonged to great-grandma Billie. The pine cone is so fragile, I am surprised it has lasted the sixty-or-so years it has, and her love of birds is shown in all the feathered friends now perched on my tree.









Great Grandma Billie’s Pine cone and birds

We have bought ornaments on our travels, too. Admiral Nelson is from our trip to London. He is no relation to Grandpa Nelson.

Admiral Horatio Charles Nelson (No relation)

Sometimes, the connection is harder to see. These tiny gnomes are from Cologne, Germany.img_2125.jpg

When we were there, we heard a tale that hundreds of years ago, a bunch of little men would come every night and do people’s chores….clean the house, milk the cows, stuff like that. The story continues that a young housewife became curious, and wanted to see the little men for herself.



When she surprised the gnomes at their work, they got mad and left, never to return. Needless to say, the town was very angry with her and even built a statue of her, to warn against investigating magical things too closely.

I love that so many stories play out in my head when I look at our tree. I love that we get tell the stories again, every year.


Grandma Judy

Author: Judy

I am a new transplant to Portland from Salinas, a small city in Central California. This is a blog about my new city.

2 thoughts on “Tree of Memories”

  1. I love your tree full of memories. Your angel ornaments are especially beautiful to me as my mom made that same pattern and antiqued them for our tree (around 1968. ) unfortunately they disappeared during a divorce later after my mom had passed away. I was SO thrilled to find that same pattern at a holiday bazaar someone had made with just a solid off -white glaze. Not quite like my mom’s and not as pretty as your painted ones, but I love them just the same. Your angels are beautiful!


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