My love of equestrian Christmas ornaments is well documented on this blog. Just as it has globally in the second half of this year, horses have taken more of a back seat in my life. I’m more than just an equestrian, and my Christmas tree is more than just horse ornaments (although… it’s mostly horse ornaments).
Last year I didn’t even put up a Christmas tree or take a single ornament out of the box. It was an activity I used to do with Tim, and every ornament reminds me of a different time and place. I couldn’t handle thinking about them last year. This year, I wasn’t sure what to expect when I opened the massive tubberware that is labeled “Christmas Happy.” I decided to combat the waves of emotion I was sure to feel by inviting some friends over and getting very, very drunk.
Healthiest coping mechanism? Probably not. Fun? Oh yes.
Like an OCD holiday drill sergeant, I strung the lights on the tree in my usual fashion… except after two shots of cranberry vodka the spacing was a little off. Eh, who cares! This is holly jolly Christmas! Southern Living isn’t coming to my house anytime soon.
After hot chocolate spiked with peppermint schnaps I yelled at my friends, “COME IN HERE AND HELP ME PUT ORNAMENTS ON THIS THING!” They did, because they are awesome. Then I had to move half the ornaments off the bottom of the tree, because I put it by the dog’s strategic “stand here and bark at strangers window” and there have been some Christmas casualties this year.
Anyway, this is a pointless post to say that I wanted to share some of my non-horse ornaments with you. I don’t know why. Maybe you’re interested, or maybe I just need to document them in photo form before the dogs break everything I own.
Either way, here are some of my favorites!
Do you have a favorite Christmas ornament for your tree?