Welcome to our “Jolt of Joy” newsletter. Last week, Chestnutlz shared tips on how to roast Italian chestnuts. We hope you had a chance to enJOY the nutty and savory treat. This week, the Baublz family is being featured in memory of my favorite holiday activity, hanging all types of baubles (ornaments) on the Christmas tree. So, let’s decorate your holidays with Baublz!
Each Christmas I look forward to decorating my tree with a huge assortment of baubles. It brings back wonderful childhood memories of proudly hanging my handmade ornaments, created out of dried pasta, cardboard, gold spray paint, dough, glitter, felt, and pine cones, on our family Christmas tree. I also love hanging my vintage glass baubles, which inspired me to draw the Baublz family, and that have been passed down through the generations. I came across the large colored baubles, shown in the photo above, as I was riding my bike this past week and wanted to share them with you.
My tree is an eclectic hodgepodge of memories— every ornament tells a story. And each year decorating the tree is like a walk down memory lane. Continue reading to see some photos of my favorite Christmas ornaments that are hanging on my tree, watch a video of how glass baubles are made, and view a singing Christmas tree…
The original Christmas bauble comes from sixteenth century Germany in the alpine town of Lauscha. The town would become infamous for its skills in glass blowing and Christmas ornament production.
Nowadays, Christmas baubles come in all shapes, sizes, and even textures. Any Christmas tree would look a little lost without a few cheerful baubles hanging from its branches. You can watch a video of how Christmas baubles are made here:
Decorate your Holidays with Baublz
The Christmas trees in my life have been filled with baubles from my childhood, handmade ornaments, ornaments passed down through generations, keepsake ornaments, and ornaments from different places I’ve visited and lived.
I remember my Dad hauling cardboard boxes marked “Christmas decorations” from the attic. It was so exciting to see those boxes as it meant that Christmas was coming soon. I used to love the musty, old scent of our decorations. We used the same ones year after year, and that is what made them so special.
However, as I got older, I loved collecting all kinds of different ornaments and I would get a few new ones each year. I have now amassed over five hundred beautiful ornaments. There’s no way to display them all during a single Christmas season, but it gives me so much JOY to put as many as I can fit on the tree!
My Favorite Ornaments
I have over two hundred ornaments on my tree this year! They come in all shapes and sizes. Some are glass, others plastic or wooden, some made of yarn, wool, and clay. Here are a few of my very favorites to share with you. These are the ones that, upon unpacking them year after year, always spark a most precious memory or feeling in me. They bring back smiles of times shared and the story that goes with each one.
This photo shows some of my vintage ornaments. The Santa and snowman were hand-knitted by my Mom over forty years ago and the two glass baubles were handed down from my grandparents. These are treasures!
Here are some fun and frivolous ornaments as well as one that holds special meaning. I especially adore the peacock, hedgehog, and Parmigiano cheese glass ornaments. The silver cross brings back beautiful memories as it was made from my wedding bouquet flowers.
These two glass ornaments shown below were given to me by friends when I moved to California and are so precious…
I hope you enjoyed a glance at some of my most favorite ornaments. Hopefully, this newsletter inspires you to fill your tree with lots of memories.
Here’s some Christmas tree bauble humor…
Singing Christmas Tree
Since it’s Christmas this week, I wanted to share with you a singing Christmas tree. I have one of these and it makes me laugh and smile…
Here’s your joy-full activity for the week
Be like Baublz and decorate your tree with wonderful baubles!
The Baublz family and I would love to hear about your memories of Christmas baubles. Do you have any special ornaments from your childhood? Please leave your comments and joy-full responses below.
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Another wonderful post Joanne!!! Always so inspiring! I love your ornaments!!! I gave many of my old ones to my girls when we sold everything to full-time r.v. BUT, I of course kept a few that were most precious! A large blown glass gold ball with my name on bold, glittery letters that I’ve had since I was a baby! And two handmade counted cross stitch ornaments that my Mom had made for myself and my husband! And I have my 1977Micky Mouse ornament, for my first Christmas with my husband!!!! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you both!!!!!! Big HUGS!!!!
What a gift to have those hand knitted ornaments from your mom. Your seasonal joy is palpable! Merry Merry.