Trips and the Tree

by Elizabeth on December 6, 2012

As mentioned several times over the past few weeks, I LOVE CHRISTMAS. Decorating the Christmas tree is one of my favorite things. P was a trooper to help me pick out one and decorate it. The one reason I really love my tree is because it is filled with memories. A lot of race memories. No, I don’t use my race bling as ornaments. I try to pick up an ornament on each trip I take, and that usually means a race since I am racing the states (and less crap around my house-it only comes out once a year). My tree is full of color-I don’t think I will ever have a tree that is all matchy-matchy with ornaments and decor that all flows nicely.

I figured I would share a few of my favorite ornaments with you. BUT, I will also share in video. Mainly because several of my NUUNHTC teammates said they missed my accent. So, I decided I would vlog about my tree (I say favorite-A LOT). My feelings won’t be hurt if you don’t want to watch/listen. :) Enjoy Molly, Jocelyn, and XLMIC (and Tasha who also requested some southern accent action).

The tree-however, I think the flash ruined the picture. It makes the tree look empty-and I promise it’s not! Note the Auburn Santa tree topper.

Even though you can barely see in in this pic (can see in the video), I love my homemade tree skirt from last year-it was work, but totally worth it in the end!

The beginning of the year started with the Goofy Challenge! I had the details of the race added to the ornament in Downtown Disney.

I love the fleur di lis, I got this in New Orleans. Always fun to head back year after year for Rock N Roll New Orleans.

The ornament that I purchased when we went to the Oak Barrel 1/2 Marathon. Similar to the medal!

Big Sur! I actually got this one last year, but they had it this year too. It’s hand painted.

Even though Alabama is my home state, I had never been to Huntsville until I met P. After our trip for the Huntsville 1/2 and a visit to the Space and Rocket Center, I had to have something to remind me of that weekend.

I somehow, misplaced my Seattle ornament that I bought this summer. I’ve hidden it from myself. I never found one in New Jersey (wasn’t there long enough), Virginia Beach, Las Vegas or North Carolina. Working on finding something that will remind of those places and adding them to my collection though!

And don’t worry, I have an entire tree that is overflowing with Auburn. So much Auburn that it doesn’t hold all of my Auburn ornaments. Oops.

Hope you enjoyed hearing a little bit of Southern and taking a tour of my Christmas tree :)

Do you decorate a tree? Real or fake? Matchy -matchy or ornaments with sentimental value? Do you pick up souvenirs on trips? 

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Penny Verdeck December 6, 2012 at 2:42 am

My tree is just like that – mismatched and collected from all places. I love it!


Stephanie December 6, 2012 at 2:44 am

You are adorable Elizabeth!! Your tree looks great!! :)


Suzanne December 6, 2012 at 2:53 am

I love your Auburn tree! That is so cute. I enjoyed the video of your tree. That’s a great way to showcase some of your favorite ornaments.


Kim @ Just Trying December 6, 2012 at 2:55 am

You lost the SEATTLE ornament? How could you?


Tasha @ Healthy Diva December 6, 2012 at 3:53 am

Love your accent!!!! It is so cute! You need to make more Vlogs for sure. :-)
I think that it is neat you have so many running related ornaments. I only have one and it is pink and just says “26.2″ on it. I really like your ornament that says “all I want for Christmas is a PR”- that is awesome. I need to find one of those for my tree. I am not really into the matchy matchy trees other. I like trees with character and lots of different ornaments and colors.


lisa J December 6, 2012 at 4:33 am

yay someone else who collects ornaments from races! I need to backtrack some states that i never bought some from, but like you, I love having the memories and not all the clutter! ( i can’t imagine trying to do coffee mugs from each state like Kim)


Steph @ Steph Runs On December 6, 2012 at 5:59 pm

Your tree is great, I love it! And the Vlog too :)


Danielle December 6, 2012 at 6:48 pm

Such a cute idea to collect ornaments from your races!


Heather December 6, 2012 at 7:11 pm

Haaahahahaha. Y’all.

I love your tree :D


Susan S. December 6, 2012 at 9:48 pm

Great pictures! I try to get ornaments from trips too. Love the Auburn tree – mine is similar! Glad to find an Auburn runner! War Eagle!


alma December 7, 2012 at 7:09 am

Misplaced Seattle?!
Do I need to send you another?
Lovely tree! We just got ours up on Sunday, only 1 gift so far too :)


Jenny @ The Little JBird December 11, 2012 at 7:18 pm

The tree is great! Hope you get another fun ornament for it if you haven’t already. ;)


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