This past weekend, I headed over to a friend’s home to help him set up his family tree. This was the third year that I’ve helped out with this task and the third year that I’ve gone home only to glare at my silver IKEA snowflake and ball ornaments. While my tree had that immaculate coordination factor, its décor was no match for the wealth of memories that his family had accumulated over the years- each ornament seemed to come with a story!
After a little wallowing, I realized that I did have years of sentimental ornaments stockpiled- just not quite ready to be hung. My awards and finishers medals from races would be the perfect addition to the tree!
I simply replaced the ribbons (by removing the attached ring) with a little Christmas wrapping ribbon (that I might upgrade later).
...and the "new" ornaments were ready to be hung!
For a total of $0.00, I was able to add that “priceless” element to my tree. I’m going to keep my eyes open for other object that might be able to ribbon-up and find their way on the tree… Key to my first home? Shell from a beach trip? Ticket stub from a favorite concert?