By Sarah Kerner
On and off throughout my life, I’ve kept scrapbooks. I love looking back through them and remembering the places I’ve been and things I’ve done, and marveling at how young I look. Unpacking my Christmas ornaments each year is a similar experience. Since I was young and broke when I first got married, my husband and I decided that when we got the opportunity to travel, we would save our money for important things (like food and gas!) and just buy one Christmas ornament as a souvenir.
14 years later, my tree will never be mistaken for a color-coordinated and themed department store display, but I love the crazy mish-mash of travel souvenirs that we’ve accumulated over the years. Come along on a tour of some of my favorites:
Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia. We went there for a family reunion and I never expected it to be such a lovely place!
Estes Park, Colorado. Can I admit I didn’t really see a moose on that trip? But I let my son pick out the ornament, and it IS pretty cute.
Ft. McHenry near Baltimore, Maryland. I love this one because it has fireworks over the fort, and I got to visit on the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Baltimore, when the Star-Spangled Banner was written.
CACTUS! I got this on a trip to Arizona to meet my blogging friend Kelli around 2009. I learned two important things on that trip: Flying to meet a stranger for the first time was probably not the greatest idea, but she was not an axe murderer and has become a very good friend. 2. I love cacti! They are so different than anything I see in Missouri, and I just love them.
Thanks for joining me on a tour of my Christmas tree! I hope you have a fun way of keeping memories of your travels, too! I’d love to hear how you do it.
Sarah lives in Ava with her husband and two young sons. She is an attorney by day and a runner, chef, and knitter by night (and early morning). She writes about how she finds joy through family, faith, food, and fitness on her blog, Beauty School Dropout.