When traveling, we consciously spend on amazing food, unique experiences and nice hotels over souvenirs. Instead of loading up the suitcase with a bunch of things, we seek out Christmas ornaments from special locations, landmarks or activities. I tuck them up in the guest room closet during the year and then add them to our tree at Christmas. I date all of them with a skinny sharpie.
We went way overboard in Alaska and Vancouver, wanting to gather ornaments from Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan, Fairbanks, Denali, Holland America AND Vancouver.
I hunted through more shops than I care to admit in Lake Tahoe looking for one measly ornament. We came home empty handed, but I had already shipped this pretty Amazon find to the door. :-)
In Philly we picked up ornaments at Valley Forge, the Betsy Ross House and Liberty Bell, as one pretty one representing so many iconic parts of the city.
We also visited Palmetto Bluff, but since we purchased a gorgeous ornament from the South Carolina State Museum on a previous SC trip, we didn’t add an ornament.
These ornaments are just one of a thousand reasons why I so look forward to pulling out the Christmas bins each year! We started collecting ornaments on our honeymoon in 2002 and have 17 years of memories hanging on the tree.
I’d love to know if there is something special YOU collect on your trips!!
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