I love buying Christmas ornaments. I especially love buying Christmas ornaments when I travel. I realized this years ago because I always want to buy souvenirs when I’m traveling. I noticed, though, that I was buying things that just ended up in the basement because they really didn’t go with anything in my house and looked out of place. I decided that I’d buy souvenirs that were useful. So, I bought things like beach towels, things that I could use. I had to change that quickly because I could only fit so many towels in the closet.
I don’t even remember the first time I bought a Christmas ornament as a souvenir. I suspect it was almost an accident, that I bought one because there were some on display that looked cute. Now, I buy them everywhere I go. It works perfectly for me. I already know where the souvenir will go when I’m home and I have an excuse to look at it every year and remember when I bought it. On my tree right now are ornaments from when my sister graduated college, my husband and I were married, and my mom and I took a cruise. I have a terrible memory so I should start keeping track of them!
As I think about this now, I realize that most of my adult life is captured in ornaments on my tree.