Although Lukus and I have been married during the past 2 Christmases, we have never had our own tree.  Needless to say, we are excited to set up one this year.

Yes, it is fake.  But I live in an apartment with beautiful hardwoods and a landlord I want to keep happy, so it will have to do.

Thanks to family and friends we have several beautiful Christmas ornaments that I am super excited to put on display.  I can honestly say, that every ornament on our tree has a story.

Here are few of the ornaments and their stories:

I actually gave this ornament to Lukus on the first Christmas we were dating.

This was a gift from my parents.  The ornament is part of a series made by an Atlanta area artist.  It is the 2009 ornament- the year we were married.

Previously I shared some of my sister Brook’s paintings, but my sister Yvonne is also an artist.  She spent an insane number of hours painting this ornament- her interpretation of Marc Chagall’s Three Candles painting.

Last and just for fun—the snowman ornament!  I love that he is an elegant take on a childlike character.  He was a gift from a close family friend.




Tell me about your favorite holiday decorations!  Do you have any beloved Christmas ornaments?





  1. These photos are great. I love the little snowman. :)

  2. These are so great. I love your ornaments. I actually haven’t put up a tree in my own apartment in the last like four years. I usually spend a few weeks home, and I’m not great at taking stuff down.

  3. My favorite ornaments were always the ones that my parents had from their childhoods. I hope they still have them around somewhere… The most special ornaments are those with meaning, thanks for sharing yours with us!

  4. Sorry I’ve been gone so long. Christmas is been kicking my boo-tay. So much to do!

    But. . . .yes, I have lots of faves. All of which are from my childhood. My mother has passed them on to me, and every year I open them and share the stories with my kids. My other set of faves are all the crazy ornaments they have made for me. All are so priceless.

  5. Love your ornaments! I collect Christmas ornaments. Wenever I travel I look for them even if it´s not the season! <3<3

  6. I love Yvonne Chagall!!! Great job! Miss you guys. Move to West Palm Beach. 😉

  7. Happymother says:

    I have a lot of ornaments from my parents and my grandparents. I love this tradition and your ornaments are beautiful!!

  8. We purchased our tree today but plan on decorating it tomorrow. I love ornaments and have many many favorites, and don’t worry about the fake. For years I had one and it was fine!

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