Although we don't shop much when we're on holidays, there's one item that we search for every time we travel. One of my favourite parts of any trip is choosing a Christmas tree ornament to bring home with us.
It's added new joy to the Christmas tradition of decorating our tree. As I unwrap each ornament and hand it over to be hung, we talk about where we bought it and our memories of that trip. Remember when we visited The Mouth of Truth in Rome? We'll never forget it, but it's fun to have the ornament to remember it by, too:
Sometimes we search and search, and end up with something different than we expected. When we couldn't find an ornament commemorating the entire Von Trapp clan in Salzburg, Austria, we had to settle for a rocking horse:
Like many of the best traditions, this one was handed down from my parents. When we visited Santa's Village in Jefferson, New Hampshire in the 1970s, my parents were clever enough to pick up two elf ornaments. Now Gwen and I each have one on our tree!