Last week I shared some of our holiday decorations here at French Pemberley in a post I did in conjunction with the Procrastinator’s Christmas Home tour. In that post, I shared a few pictures of our Christmas trees. Like any other Christmas trees, ours are trees of memories, but Darcy and I have always loved traveling, and so collecting travel memories for our tree was something we did early on, because traveling was something we did very early on…
When Darcy decided to propose, the proposal was preceded by a surprise, flight destination unknown (to me), trip to San Francisco to do so.
When we got married, we had a destination wedding; getting married in a small village in Scotland, followed by a honeymoon of traipsing around Italy for two weeks at our leisure to see the sights of Florence, Venice and Rome….
A year later, when we found ourselves new parents of twins, we still traveled. The twins’ first year saw us taking them with us to Palm Springs to celebrate our first wedding anniversary, then to Hawaii for our first “family vacation” , and then taking them on a 3,000 mile cross country road trip from CA to FL and back. I guess you could say the very best souvenir we ever came home with was the twins from that honeymoon trip, but as far as tangible souvenirs go, we started buying something every trip…beginning with that trip to San Francisco in 1999 when we got engaged…
My favorite part about having started this tradition is every year when we decorate our tree, it becomes a tree of memories and a lovely out of the box, instant reminder of our travels.
Here are a few of my favorite ornaments I have collected from my travels over the years…
Trip to Paris, 2011, Marie Antoinette, and a (French) Men’s shoe, from Versailles
Caribbean Santa from a St. Martin trip, 2002. It says (read in Caribbean accent) “Ho. Ho Ho. Mon”.
Double Decker Bus and Queen Elizabeth,
Wedding Trip (which started with 3 days in London), 1999.
A few years later, Elizabeth was joined by her Dad…we picked him up at Hampton Court Palace.
We also have a tradition of getting an ornament from Tower of London every time we are in England. We have four (or is it five) of those now. The first from that wedding trip in 1999, since we spent 2 days in England prior to heading over to Scotland to get hitched.
San Francisco Trolley. We go there often as it is a special town to us, but this one was picked up on our trip in 2005. We took our daughter, then 18 months, with us. Her first airplane trip.
Napoleon and Josephine, Paris Trip, May 2012. My four year old makes then “kiss”, then laughs and runs away.
A few years ago, Marie, Queen Elizabeth, Napoleon and Josephine were joined by Mozart; a souvenir Darcy picked up at the Mozart Museum in Austria while he was there in October. Being that I am still plodding along on a second Master’s in History, I do love all these little historical people!
We picked up ornaments when we were in England for the Royal Wedding Trip in 2011 and then in 2013 I couldn’t resist picking this one up in London…
Our tree has ornaments from trips to England, Scotland, Italy, France, Austria, Germany, South America and more and also most of our domestic trips with the kids. (A favorite is Santa in a Hawaiian shirt paddling a canoe). It’s funny the ones we forget about until we start decorating the tree and the ornament always prompts one of us to say “I remember that trip”…. Next time you are on a trip; be sure to pick up a Christmas ornament. It’s never too late to start a tradition.