Our tree is a unique mish mash of ornaments. There's the one from our first holiday party together where we could pick prizes with our raffle tickets and we looked for the gaudiest ornament we could find; there's the one from the very first Catholic Church built in the state of Kansas that we stopped in on our cross country trip back in 2010; there's the Hallmark houses my grandmother has been buying me since the year I was born; there's the ones friends and family bought for us when we announced our engagement; there's one gold and one red glitter covered ornament I saved from our first California Christmas, when all of our ornaments were in storage in Virginia, Gene was deployed, and a few days before Christmas I decided I needed a tree!
Those two are really the only ball ornaments on our tree! I never really bought a set because we had so many special keepsake ornaments that we didn't need to buy sets. So when I saw these two (the red & green) opened at the ornament swap today, I knew they would be the ones I stole!
|Our CO's wife gave everyone a poinsettia! The rest is just me in the hotel!|
There were 10 or us and the rules were simple:
- Everyone draws a number and each person picks a gift (in this case ornament) to open in order.
- If you don't want to be surprised you can take an ornament that's already been opened! The person you take it from can open again, or steal an ornament from someone else! The same ornament can't be passed more than once per round.
- At the end of the opening, whoever went first gets to pick/trade any ornament they want and that's how the game ends.
Well: I drew the number one and got an angel. Nobody stole it from me through the entire morning. I sat there watching the ornaments be opened. My friend Chelsea bought the most gorgeous starfish Santa ornament! We only have ONE Santa decoration and a little starfish would be cute (it could go with Gene's starfish Citadel Cadet!). That puppy got passed all over the place! There was a Polish Pottery ball that got passed around but one of the gals was really into it and I couldn't bring myself to steal it from her! Our CO's wife brought the red & green ornament and she had stolen them from someone in order to give them another chance!
Well: when I saw them unwrapped I knew those were the ones I wanted! They were glittery, they were shiny, they were beautiful and they were unlike any of the ornaments we would ever get! I know every year I will place them on the tree and think back to this morning, the laughter shared with some fabulous spouses who I've gotten to know over the last two and a half years, and the friendships I've been so blessed to make!
Now I'm off to finish decorating our tree now that I've found our hooks!