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Every Christmas, I set up a small table-top tree in the master bedroom and decorate it with mementos of our three babies. Last summer, a fun family day of thrifting with my sisters, Buffy and Laura, my daughter, Hannah, and niece, Taylor, changed my baby table top tree forever.
It is now a family tree representing five generations of our family.
Here is how it happened…
At first we weren't having much luck thrifting, but we were having a ton of fun together. We were laughing and joking about our bad luck day when we hit the mother load.
The entire Christmas aisle was on sale, 75% off.
I was able to snag 200 Christmas ornaments for less than $10. In the spirit of full disclosure, we did have to do some bartering for that price. We had fun with that too ...five girls who were way too excited about Christmas in the middle of July ...hard for the manager to say no to.
The overabundance of ornaments was just what my tree needed to take it from baby tree to family tree. After collecting an additional 200 ornaments, I had to upgrade the table-top tree to full-sized.
It now represents many generations of our family, from babies to Great Grandma.
Pictures of each of my children on their first birthdays are in little gold frames.
The family Christening gown (handmade by my Mom) hangs next to the tree; not only is it really pretty but it reminds us of the day each baby in our family was Baptized.
Of course baby shoes from each of my little ones hang from the tree as they have for many years.
Our Great Grandmother's hankie, our Grandmother's vintage costume jewelry, a cherished ornament with a handwritten message from my late father,
and childhood photos of my husband and I round out the family tree display.
What I love most about this tree is not only how it brings the whole family together in a festive way, but how it reminds me of the fun we had together the day it was inspired at the Salvation Army. Spending an afternoon with family resulted in something we will enjoy for many years.
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