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Why I Love the Stories Behind Christmas Ornaments

December 19, 2016

Disclosure: I was gifted a product from the Macy’s Heart of Haiti line however all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

I’m always amazed at how everyone decorates their Christmas tree. Everyone has a different style and it is always fun to see the types of ornaments that grace a tree.

But what I really love is hearing the stories behind the ornaments. One of my best friends had a tradition with her boyfriend where they would purchase ornaments for each other every year. My favorite ornament on their tree? The one where he asked her to marry him. Coincidentally, us girls were asked to be bridesmaids via ornaments.

We all can remember the stories behind the ornaments of our childhood. My husband loves showing off his mom’s Christmas tree. Every ornament tells a story, as it is decorated with homemade ornaments from him and his sisters over the years. It’s a little bit of a time capsule when we take a look at the tree.

My mom, on the other hand, has loved receiving Hallmark ornaments throughout the years.  My dad always makes sure to get her one to unwrap every Christmas. She will always point out the ones she received in her early years of marriage.

Our tree (yes, this is ours!) is filled with ornaments from our travels. This year what made it more exciting is my husband and I brought our collection of ornaments from our childhood homes that we received as gifts to hang on our tree. It was fun sharing the stories behind the ornaments as we decorated our tree. For example, an ornament of the Scarecrow from the Wizard of Oz is proudly displayed on the tree. It was a gift from my cousin. I told my husband the story of whenever my cousin would leave my Connecticut home as a child to go back to Virginia, she said, “I’ll miss you the most Scarecrow.”   Just like Dorothy said in the Wizard of Oz.

Two new ornaments we’ve added to our tree this year tell their own story. Our new snowflake and fir tree ornament were designed and made by hand in Haiti. Available at Macys.com, the Heart of Haiti collection offers sustainable income to more than 550 Haitian artisans by allowing them to support their families with dignity and purpose. The artisans receive 22% of the retail price for each item sold. With the Heart of Haiti program in its seventh year, this steady income enables the artisans to repair their homes, pay school fees for their children, and feed and clothe their families

I can only imagine the stories these artisans have to share. They survived a devastating earthquake back in 2010, and earlier this year, a hurricane. If you are looking for a decorative holiday gift or want to add a story to your own tree, these Heart of Haiti ornaments tell the story of giving back to support those passionate in their trade. Currently, the snowflake is sold out, but the fir tree is available for $13.00. There are also other gifts that support these artisans with sustainable income, like boxes, trays, vases and more. 

As we look ahead to next year, I know the stories will continue to be told – especially to our future son – as we unpack each ornament. I’m so looking forward to sharing the story of how these pieces supported an artist and his or her family overseas.

 

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