Memories on Branches

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This year we bought a second Christmas tree for our family room to display our every growing ornament collection. Not only was our living room tree starting to look a bit crowded, but I just didn’t have the heart to store some of these tiny treasures away without seeing them every year. Unwrapping each of those ornaments each year is a Christmas tradition both the hubby and I treasure. It’s the story behind each of those ornaments that mean the most.

Both the hubby and I have parents who started a similar tradition with us from birth by collecting an ornament from each year. We have a host of tiny soldiers, singing angels, jolly Santas, snowmen and many more that all line the branches and sparkle from within the twinkling lights of the tree.

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The second tree was also in anticipation of inheriting some of the hubby’s family felt ornaments. Until my in-laws arrived a few days ago for the Christmas holiday, I hadn’t ever seen these ornaments that the hubby has talked so fondly of throughout the years. The majority of the felt ornaments were made by KJ’s great grandmother in the 1960s, with a few handcrafted Disney treasures made by his grandma and mother. Let me tell you, these felt ornaments are not just your typical pieces of felt with beady eyes glued in place a ribbon trim. These babies are works of art!

Perfectly positioned sequins garnish each of these ornaments from the Partridge in the Pear Trees to the Ragged Ann and Andy dolls. Intricate cut out felt pieces embellish each ornament as pipping finishes them off.

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And talk about variety! We’ve got purple cows, red birds, panda bears, dancing gingerbread men, sassy turtles, mice, reindeer, snowmen, giraffes and more.

The hubby’s favorite include all the handcrafted Disney ornaments made by his grandma and mother. We’ve got the entire collection with Mickey and Minnie, Donald, Goofy, Dumbo, Bambi and the Lion King.

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The new ornaments and our new tree are finished off with a homemade tree skirt featuring Donald Duck and the boys. Now we just need to find that perfect tree topper!

We’re so excited to now have these treasures be a part of our collection that will live on for years to come and continue to share those stories from the branches on which they hang.

Merry Christmas from The Ritters!

Zoo Lights Amaze


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I love Christmas lights. So when the holiday season sneaks up on us I’m the first to go wandering through neighborhoods to view magnificent light displays. Walks this time of year are spent off the trails and instead inside neighborhoods to adore displays of twinklings lights and giant snowmen.

Last weekend we traveled outside of our own neighborhood and checked out the lights at the Denver Zoo. If you’re not familiar with this annual holiday tradition, this holiday safari includes more than 38 acres of illuminated lights and animated animals that pop out from around every corner.

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If you haven’t experienced this holiday light spectacular, you still have time. Zoo Lights runs nightly through Jan. 4.  Have fun!

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