To mark my first Christmas, my grandmother bought a Hallmark ornament decorated with waifish figures drawn by Betsey Clark (yes, it was the 1970s). When I was only a few years old, the glass ball broke. But my mother carefully placed transparent tape over the hole, and the ornament still hangs on my tree decades later.
My mother continued the tradition my grandmother started, giving my brother, sister and me a new ornament every year, usually on Dec. 6, St. Nicholas Day. Whenever I decorate my tree, it’s like taking a trip back in time as I unwrap each one. Now, I buy ornaments for my boys as well.
What special ornament makes you pause and remember during the holiday season? Perhaps it’s a souvenir of a memorable vacation. Maybe it commemorates a wedding, birth or other milestone in your life. Or maybe it’s a simple bauble crafted carefully by young hands years ago.
We’d like to see your favorite ornaments. Please email a high-resolution photo and a brief description of what the ornament means to you to firstname.lastname@example.org by noon Dec. 12. A selection of photos will run in print and in an online photo gallery.