Wednesday, December 14, 2011

A tree filled with love and a wonderful gift

I'll admit, I'm not one for traditions. I guess I'm more of a rule breaker and anything is possible, follow your heart, believe in your dreams, and oh just go for it kinda person. I get bored and like things to be different and new and fun! However, there is one thing that is a tradition for me...Christmas ornaments.

You see David and I have been together since 1989. Each year in September, we purchase a new ornament for our tree. An ornament to celebrate another year together. So to date, we have 22 ornaments. However this year, on September 21st, we celebrated our 20th wedding anniversay.

We always go to the store, purchase an ornament and then go out for dinner to celebrate. But this year, we got two ornaments!
First we got this Charlie Brown ornament. When you pull the string, the song "Christmas Time is Here" plays while the characters skate around. Fun! We both love that song and love Charlie Brown.


Then I spotted this ornament! Ok...yeah, yeah, the bunny got my attention, but then I saw "Love Grows" and it reminded me how love does grow over the years when you are married to your best friend. The love you knew when you dated and the love you know 22 years later is a love that has grown.
So then...I was hunting on ebay for ornaments for some friends and I found THIS!!
David and I were married in 1991 and this was the Hallmark keepsake ornament then! Hellooooooooo fabulous! Happy bunny dance! Isn't it perfect?!? I put a bid on it and won!

So yes, my tree is filled with lots of love and I'll share some more ornaments with you over the next week.

Finally, I want to show you a wonderful and thoughtful gift I received from my friend, Christine of  Rabbit Tidbits.  Christine is one of those people that I wish I lived close to. She too is a bunny mama and has had bunnies that have had special needs. She volunteers at a rabbit rescue and has a whole lot of love for these fuzzy creatures that touch our hearts.

Christine sent me this beautiful card and this fantabulous cookbook! This book was put together by the sweet folks at Heartland Rabbit Rescue to raise money for the bunnies that they help. It's all vegetarian recipes and hello...since I'm a vegetarian, it's perfect!

Thank you so much Christine! If you would like to give a gift of love this Christmas, you can always make a donation to folks that have lots of love in their hearts for fuzzy, little critters that can't speak for themselves. Click here to visit Heartland Rabbit Rescue. Tell them Christine sent you!

Stay tuned for more ornaments and don't forget to scroll down and register for our giveaway!

Many hugs and love to you! You bring joy to our world! (Thanks Madame Samm for the tag! She rocks!)

25 comments:

Brynwood Needleworks said...

Beautiful tree and ornaments, Shell. Isn't it grand when you find just the perfect thing for someone special? Christine found just that perfect thing for you. Lucky Girl.
xoxo
Donna

Jo in TAS said...

Oh Shell those ornaments are gorgeous and I think back in 1991 that ornament must've been made with you in mind, how appropriate!!

Jade said...

Awesome ornaments, spectacular tree and a very lovely gift.

*makes notes for next Christmas, since you already have this year's gift*

:D

Jessica said...

Your ornaments are adorable!

Christina said...
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Christina said...

Dear friend I love your ornament tradition. I wonder how many people can say they married their best friend. Thank you for sharing about Heartland and I wish all things wonderful for your holiday and the coming new year.

Rebecca said...

My Sweet friend
How are you? Looks like you have been enjoying the holiday season... your tree is beautiful and those ornaments are sooo you! Dropping by to wish you a beautiful Christmas season.
Love and Blessings
Rebecca

Jan M said...

Love your ornament tradition and tree of love! May your holidays be filled with love and joy!

Jillayne said...

I love them - how appropriate and perfect they are for you. And your tree is gorgeous!
One of my best Christmas memories is of the Charlie Brown Christmas Special - I love that one!

joanne May said...

Beautifully decorated tree, Shell and what a great idea about the ornaments! ;-)
You and David are so romantic, it's lovely that you have been together for a long time.

Have a magical Christmas and a Happy New Year if I don't hear from you again before Xmas!

Best wishes and love.
Jo. xx

Jules said...

That's just gorgeous! 'Love grows' is my favourite. You've inspired me as usual- our tree will go up this year!
(Ok, it didn't last year and it was really sad...boo hooo....) Hugs from the Scroogesxxx

Mrs.Pickles said...

great tree and wonderful tradition

Christine said...

beautiful tree...and ornaments!
Happy Christmas...

Allie said...

What a beautiful tree, and such special ornaments!! Such a sweet way to celebrate your life together, hon. The gift from Christine is darling and very thoughtful!

Hef's Mom said...

Oh such sweet ornaments, i love them all but mr. & mrs. bunny is my favorite!

Rabbits' Guy said...

Pretty pretty! Even BL got the decorating mood this year!

(I dunno about wishing you had a buncha rabbits nuts living close ... that could get interesting!)

Christina said...

Who you calling a nut RG?

Carrie P. said...

Your tree is beautiful. I have been collecting Hallmark ornaments every year since I got married.
35 years. And I did the same for my three kids so now that they are grown they have some ornaments for their trees.

JCnNC said...

Your tree is as beautiful as your spirit - the ornaments were perfect and meant to be. We went antiquing in Selma yesterday and I told DWH that I think you might have bought everything that has a rabbit on it - they did have some ugly ones left - and they still are ... left!! Warmest wishes. Judy C in NC

Susanne said...

Hi Shell
I just love your tree and all the ornaments, when we were in the States this year we bought some brass ones in almost every town we went to, we did the same the last couple of vacations, so this year our tree will remind us on our great time in USA and I will be thinking of you. I will look in the box, maybe I have a little bunny I can place in the tree, at least I know that I have one in the Easter box.
Have a great day, love Susanne

Terri Sue said...

i gave this exact bunny ornament to my husband in 1991. i'm so glad you found one shell.

Love Bears All Things said...

I love this post...and the gardening ornament: Is that Nature's Sketchbook?
What a neat gift....fitted perfectly to you...
Mama Bear

Hillbilly Tonya said...

Oh my gosh...that 1991 ornament is so you! That is great!!

Annette F Tait said...

what wonderful and meaningful ornaments Shell! and I love the Love Grows one the best :)
your cookbook looks great!

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