Here are a few photos of some close ups of the various ornaments. The fish on a wood slab and the guitar were 2 that I had made while teaching pottery.
"Little Orphan Annie and Andy" were painted by my Great Aunt Dordy (Dorothy). She was a pretty prolific china painter and we have several ornaments and some other pieces of hers. The "Knitted Chickens" are from Maniphone and Jonathan, former neighbors of ours in Madison, who now live in North Dakota. I found the bagpipe for Don at Johannson's Nursery in Madison. They had a wonderful assortment of unique ornaments each year.
My poor but well intentioned attempt at making a wire recumbent bike ornament for Don. ;)
The 2 wax ornaments (white heart and red arched shape) were my Grandparents on my Mothers side. They had been sent to my Grandparents from relatives in Germany back in 1965.
As you can see, we have ornaments that "go back" from earlier times when the kids were small, too. ;)
I bought the large glass Viennese ball (lower left) when Claire and I traveled with a group to Europe. The glass snowflake below and to the left of it is from Austria and was purchased on the same trip. I guess I could safely say that pretty much every ornament on the tree is special to me in some way, but I suppose that is true of many family Christmas trees, eh? ;)
More of Great Aunt Dordy's china painting.
Don took some photos from outdoors, too, as I had asked him to do. Can you tell it was a VERY dark night? ;)