So, I figured I’d do the next best thing and have a virtual tree-trimming party and share all those memories with you! Grab some nog and join me! I’ve already done the hard part – the tree’s up and the lights are untangled!
But not all of the ornaments associated with my mom involve arguments. There’s the one commemorating our trip to see the Radio City Rockettes and the Phillies 2008 World Series ornament that, for me, doesn’t commemorate the Phillies’ World Series win but rather the crazy trek that my mom and I made down to watch the victory parade and the even crazier trek back home. And then there’s the little teapot ornament that I got when we went to see an exhibit of First Ladies’ dresses at the Constitution Center in Philadelphia.
There’s an ornament from the World War I museum in Kansas City that I visited with colleagues while we were in town for a business trip. And there’s an ornament from the World War II museum in New Orleans that my dad and I visited the day that we left on a cruise. We spent so much time in the European Theater section talking to a veteran who landed at Normandy that we had to rush through the Pacific Theater section so that we could get to the ship in time!
Talking about cruises! There’s the ornament that I got when I went on a cruise with my cousins on the Serenade of the Seas. And two separate Grandeur of the Seas ornaments – one from a cruise my family took out of Baltimore and the other from that New Orleans adventure. Yep, same ship, two different cruises, two different ornaments.