Monday Listicles

Merry Christmas!

Ho ho hope you are having a wonderful time over the holidays, making memories and loving one another. Perhaps you even added a new Christmas decoration on your tree? Because this is what we are talking about this week. Kelly suggested a list of 10 ORNAMENTS ON YOUR TREE AND STORIES BEHIND THEM. Isn’t that wonderful?

Last week was fun and you listed some pretty fancy music for us all. Thank you Rachée, Mrs RKFJ and Stephanie for suggesting a great topic.

You have been sending me many great ideas for future Listicles and next week it is Kate’s turn to choose. She twitted me three suggestions in one day so feel free to choose:

Have a lovely Christmas Eve my friends!
Make a list, check it twice, link it up. Read others. Have fun!



1. I bought our Christmas tree on a work trip to Kuala Lumpur. With it I picked up a few boxes of red baubles. They were the only ornaments as we celebrated our first Christmas as a couple in Bahrain.

2. Next year my husband’s aunt send us each a special ornament to represent what we love the most.
Pretty stiletto for me.

Wine for him.

3. Same year I picked up this one at JFK.

4. And this one I could not resist. We were already on a waiting list for Big M who was born in spring of next year.

5. After I returned from my vacation in NY I went to Nepal for work. I stopped at my favorite store in Katmandu to buy some presents for the family. As I was picking out pashminas the store owner asked me about my plans for next year. I told him we were hoping to start a family and he gave me this bell to make a wish. I got pregnant a few months later. This ornament is still one of my favorite presents ever.

6. My mother-in-law sends us ornaments every year. This one is my favorite.

7. This is my husband’s family tradition. One green pickle, send to us the year we got married to be hidden on the tree and found on Christmas day.

8. Our town. We got it the first year we moved here.

9. Little J’s buddy brought him this handmade ornament in South Africa last year.

10. Ornaments Little J made in the past few years:

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  1. CoreyAnn Khan via Facebook December 23, 2012 at 20:37 #

    FYI – the link isn’t working for me.

  2. Lisa Corriveau via Facebook December 23, 2012 at 21:27 #

    Yup, link broken for me too…

  3. Darcelle Carlson via Facebook December 23, 2012 at 22:18 #


  4. Kelly December 24, 2012 at 01:31 #

    Twitter: kelsey_bar
    I love all your ornaments…so wonderful to hear the stories. The bell from Nepal is fantastic. What better wish to have come true. I can’t wait to read everyone else’s stories. Merry Christmas!
    Kelly recently posted..My tree tells a story… (Monday Listicles)

    • Stasha December 24, 2012 at 01:48 #

      Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      Thank you so much for picking a wonderful topic Kelly. I am so sorry the post was not showing up after I published it tonight. I did not notice it :(

  5. [email protected] Mom December 24, 2012 at 04:36 #

    Twitter: copilotmom
    What beautiful ornaments and stories, Stasha. Love the one of Big M.
    [email protected] Mom recently posted..10 Ornaments From Our Tree

  6. Alison December 24, 2012 at 05:56 #

    Twitter: AlisonSWLee
    I LOVE all your ornaments and I love that your first couple tree was Malaysian :)

    Merry Christmas!
    Alison recently posted..Happy Holidays!

  7. Sensible Moms December 24, 2012 at 06:09 #

    Twitter: SensibleMoms
    I love, love, love the memories that you shared. That is a real Christmas tree to me. Ellen
    Sensible Moms recently posted..10 Christmas Ornament Memories

  8. Kate Hall December 24, 2012 at 06:13 #

    Twitter: KateWhineHall
    Gosh, the pics of your ornaments are gorgeous! I loved reading the stories behind your ornaments. Great listicle!
    Kate Hall recently posted..THE Scariest Christmas Ornament

  9. Susi December 24, 2012 at 06:29 #

    Twitter: bocafrau
    Stasha, I love the stories attached to each of your ornaments. It’s such a fun thing when you collect ornaments and each year you look at them and remember. My mom has a pickle in her tree. We never heard of this tradition in Germany but learned about it here.
    Susi recently posted..Picture Perfect Weekly #34 {Last one of the Year}

  10. Terri Sonoda December 24, 2012 at 08:22 #

    Twitter: tsonoda
    I LOVE 2, 4, 5, 6 and 8. Oh heck, I love them all! Beautiful pictures. Enjoy your holidays, lovely friend! Huggsss
    Terri Sonoda recently posted..Best.Christmas.Ever

  11. Ally December 24, 2012 at 09:17 #

    Twitter: normalmomally
    These are wonderful ornaments and I love the stories behind them! Ornaments with meaning make me smile when I hang them each year.
    Ally recently posted..Whose Tree Is It, Anyway? Monday Listicles

  12. Diane December 24, 2012 at 10:17 #

    Twitter: dkotucker
    Beautiful photos as always with wonderful memories to match!

    I leave the tree decorating to my husband (first mistake). He is a minimalist soooo needless to say I couldn’t find any of my favorites on the tree this year. *sigh*

    Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season to you and yours! D
    Diane recently posted.."Hallelujah": a Tribute…

  13. Bruna December 24, 2012 at 13:48 #

    Twitter: beeswithhoney
    Beautiful photos of your ornaments! My favourite is the one made by the little man!
    Bruna recently posted..twas the week before christmas

  14. Clarinda December 24, 2012 at 15:09 #

    Twitter: EnjoytheCourse
    Lovely ornaments, Stasha!

  15. Jackie December 24, 2012 at 15:41 #

    Twitter: notwifezilla
    I love reading about the travels and stories behind so many of those ornaments. Merry Merry Christmas Stasha and family!
    Jackie recently posted..Just in Time

  16. [email protected] December 25, 2012 at 23:44 #

    This was a great topic that I was so hoping to join. I’m sitting next to my tree, tracing the origins of every ornament and enjoying some peace and quiet. Happy we are both on the west coast and I can still wish you a Merry Christmas on time :)
    [email protected] recently posted..Checking In

  17. Rorybore December 26, 2012 at 09:01 #

    Twitter: rorybore
    Love it when a tree is decorated with pretty baubles that have a story to tell. My own has ornaments I have been given us gifts, or purchased myself; ones I made when I was a child and ones I have made with my own children. And lots of Disney that I bought for the kids one year (kinda hoping that one is grown out of soon).
    Since I am not at home, I couldn’t take pictures and do the list this week! kinda sad about that. The tree my mom did for the kids is sooo boring…..all the decorations were chocolate. so naturally, no picture of those either. haha.
    Rorybore recently posted..Christmas 2012

  18. My Inner Chick December 27, 2012 at 12:45 #

    Twitter: krrobi
    Oooo, I looooove your ornaments.

    My fave. is from my boys. I have all of them since pre-school…

    Such incredible memories. Xxx
    My Inner Chick recently posted..A Different Kind Of Christmas Tree

  19. lisacng December 27, 2012 at 12:46 #

    Twitter: lisacng
    Love your ornaments! I don’t think we have 10 special ornaments on the tree…not yet :)
    lisacng recently posted..Merry Christmas!

  20. Mommy, for real. December 28, 2012 at 18:26 #

    Twitter: mommyisforreal
    Stunning photos…you are a brilliant photographer!
    Mommy, for real. recently posted..Out With the Old Year, In With the New Year

  21. [email protected] December 30, 2012 at 17:49 #

    Oh, this is a fabulous list prompt – so sorry I missed it! I may have to do it anyway when we take down our tree because it is just too much fun to pass up!

    You have some very cool ornaments – love the wine moose and one from South Africa especially.
    [email protected] recently posted..No Answers

  22. Jessica January 1, 2013 at 20:36 #

    Twitter: goaliej54
    Lovely ornaments! We have the pickle one, too. :)
    Jessica recently posted..The Christmas Song List

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