December 3 - Christmas Tree Ornaments Did your family have heirloom or cherished ornaments? Did you ever string popcorn and cranberries? Did your family or ancestors make Christmas ornaments? (Note: this post can be used for Treasure Chest Thursday as well)
For many years, the Christmas tree at my parent's house was in two parts. The paper ornaments that my brother and I had made at school were at the bottom and the glass ornaments were at the top where we couldn't reach and break them.
Then my mom started buying Hallmark ornaments. My brother and I would each pick out one we wanted (or my mom and me would pick one out for my brother). These were ornaments for us to keep when we moved out. (I have mine all down in the basement and could use them if I was going to put the tree up this year, but I'm not.)
One year, my brother got a rocket ship ornament that plugged into the string of lights. When the lights were on it would light up and "Blast off!". The Christmas tree lights were hooked up to a light switch in the living room. The whole house knew when the lights were turned on because you would hear the rocket going off. I think we would fight over who got to flip the switch.
Eventually the taking the ornament out of the string of lights every year, started to make the connector break. My husband had to permanently connect the ornament to the lights. So my brother will have to take the lights if he wants his ornament to "Blast off!"