Sunday, December 13, 2009

Mosaic Monday: Merry Christmas



Last week I wrote about Christmas traditions, and how to blend old and new ones. One of the traditions in our family has been giving each of our children a new ornament every year since they were born. My son is 22 and my daughter is 18, so that's a lot of ornaments. :)

When we began this particular tradition, my one thought was that they would have ornaments to bring to their new homes when they eventually grew up and moved out. But the ornaments have also become a cherished part of trimming our tree each year; as we unwrap each one, they spark thoughts of holidays past. Taken together, they weave a tapestry of memory -- our lives in joyous moments.

Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.
~Laura Ingalls Wilder





Now let's have some mosaic fun! Here are the instructions:

1. Publish your Mosaic Monday post.
2. Once it is published, click on the title of the post. This will lead you to the static link for your post. The static link is the page with only that post on it. Copy the url from your browser at the top of the page.
3. Paste the url into the appropriate Mr. Linky box in this post.
4. Type your name in the appropriate Mr. Linky box in this post.
5. Click on "Enter."
6. Please link back to this Mosaic Monday post so that your readers can find other wonderful mosaics.
That's all there is to it! It's always a good idea to then check and see if your link is working. If you have any questions, feel free to email me: mrcarroll(at)optonline.net. I can't wait to see your mosaics! Here is Mr. Linky:

60 comments:

  1. YaY I was first this week! Beautiful captures and wonderful tradition. We did that with our daughter and by time she and her husband had their own tree she had quite the collection to start with. All with special memories to share. ~Jeanne

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  2. The ornaments are a treasure and so precious! I love the reds dominating the decors!

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  3. Beautiful ornaments. I really need to decorate this tree!

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  4. What a lovely tradition - they'll be able to look back at them all and remember each stage in their lives.

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  5. Mary, you have beautiful Christmas ornaments and a wonderful tradition. It is nice to have such memories with each ornament.
    I wish you and your family a very merry Christmas.

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  6. Sweet Mary-- I couldn't agree more. Our family did that as well. It was my intent on passing them on when they grew up but I honestly have the hardest time parting with them.

    Your mosaic is lovely as always.

    Have a blessed week!

    TTFN~~ Claudia ♥ ♥

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  7. What a wonderful mosaic, Mary! I love your family tradition...such beautiful ornaments! Thanks for being our hostess with the "mostest" once again! Happy week!...Debbie

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  8. Your ornaments are lovely, Mary and such a nice tradition....the kids will really appreciate them years from now!
    Christmas blessings

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  9. Hi Mary... You have a lot done! I need to stay home and catch up to get my home decorated! Beautiful Photo mosaic of your ornaments!

    ~Rainey~

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  10. Mary, I did not stay with the theme. I am still working on handmade gifts, so had to use what I have for a mosaic. Thanks so much for your work. I will get on schedule soon.
    QMM

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  11. That's a fun tradition and how great that they'll have a good supply of Christmas memories for their own trees! Beautiful photography as usual Mary! Blessings...

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  12. Hello Mary
    As usual, a beautiful mosaic and post.

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  13. What a wonderful, sentimental tradition! Your mosaic is gorgeous! I enjoy your mosaics every week, and visiting the others. Thanks again, Mary!

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  14. Such warmth and beauty in this mosaic! Love it!

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  15. Wonderful tradition!
    Gorgeous mosaic!
    *hugs*Deb

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  16. Ohhhhhh, I LOVE them ALL! I especially like the reindeer but they all give me the 'warm and fuzzies'!!! I love the golden color of the entire mosaic. Thanks SO MUCH for hosting and sharing.

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  17. I love your ornaments. They make a great mosaic. I really enjoy your photography. Thanks for showing how to make mosaics and hosting this.

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  18. Your mosaic is so warm, festive and FUN ... love all your ornaments! As usual, I'm participating on all three blogs ... just because.
    Hugs and blessings,
    Happily Retired Gal
    Sacred Ruminations
    Small Reflections

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  19. wonderful photos....so "warm"!

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  20. The coloring of your mosaic is so warm and inviting...beautiful.

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  21. What a beautiful Christmas mosaic, Mary..I do the ornament thing for my 4 little grandchildren..so when they are grown the will have a memory of us when they decorate their tree.
    I love unwrapping our ornaments, so many of them evoke such special memories..
    Have a good week..

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  22. Mary,
    What a beautiful mosaic! I know what you mean about those special ornaments. Each one make you think about a special person and time in your life. I enjoyed revisiting mine today too:)!
    Have a great week!
    Cindy

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  23. As always, another wonderful offering from you Mary. I'm not participating this week because there is no way in the world I can repay all the visits. And I feel bad when I can't . . .

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  24. Love the mosaic and the tradition!

    Carolyn

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  25. Love it! What a treat! Thanks!

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  26. The reds in this mosaic are stunning!
    Merry Christmas Mary!

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  27. What a festive mosaic! I took several pictures of my Christmas Tree and none of them came out very well. I guess it's time to read the camera manual :-)

    Thanks for hosting Mary! Have a great week.

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  28. Oh so Christmasy!!!! We do the same thing! By the time they are on their own they have enough to cover a 9' tree!

    m ^..^

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  29. I too have been giving my children Christmas ornaments every year since they were born. Mine are ages 21 and 19. You are so right- that is a lot of ornaments.

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  30. My mom has given me ornaments each year since I was born, too. Seeing them each year brings back so many memories and is one of my favorite parts of decorating. Many ornaments have yet to come out, but tons have already made an appearance -- plenty for making my first mosaic that is. Yours by the way is positively stunning!

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  31. What a beautiful Christmas mosaic Mary. Isn't it great to have all those memories. Have a happy Monday

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  32. Mary,
    your photography always blows me away. I love how you always make the images the same tint for your Mosaics. I love all of your ornaments and Christmas decorations.
    Karen

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  33. Stunning, Christmas mosaic! What a wonderful way to keep Christmas memories for your children! Just brilliant!

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  34. Mary, this is such a festive mosaic! You are a master at putting colors and subject matter together to make a mosaic. Thank you so much for hosting this weekly party. laurie

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  35. Wonderful tradition. when I was a 4H leader (15 yrs) every year the whole group made an ornament. So my tree has many memorable ornaments. I loved doing it as did the kids. A majority of the ornaments are horse inspired. MB

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  36. A great Christmas mosaic, with lots of memories that you are kindly sharing with us, thank you.

    Have a great Christmas, Jackie in UK.

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  37. Just found thru Selep Imaging! so glad I did! Love your christams mosaic/ collage!!! I'm definitely joining in the fun!

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  38. Beautiful mosaic, and a warming story to touch our hearts..Love the quote from Laura Ingalls Wilder!

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  39. Such a wonderful way to build a cherished Christmas ornament collection, the mosaic is lovely, as always.
    Thanks for gathering us all together again today.
    Maggie

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  40. Beautiful Mosaic Mary. On Christmas Eve, we put out new pjs and a dated Christmas ornament at the bottom of our children's bed too (they are 24 & 20 now, but tradition is tradition) :-}

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  41. Mary, this is beautiful. We do the same with our boys - all three. Our tree will have no room for anymore ornaments by the time they're eighteen. Then, when they have their first tree's on their own...mine will be lonesome.

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  42. What a beautiful mosaic and lovely tradition. I've already bought an ornament for my new grandson :)

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  43. Warm and glowing and over the top as always.
    Extra special blessings coming to you today ;-)

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  44. love the photos in your mosaic, it feels so Christmas

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  45. beautiful shots - i adore the glass rabbit ornament as i collect european glass

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  46. Hi Mary -- I am IN LOVE with the bug-eyed reindeer; he is a total hoot! Once again, your mosaic is stunning -- the lighting is amazing. it's as if you have taken the pictures in the golden glow of ... well, something golden.

    We also gave our girls ornaments each year, but once they were nearing the double digits in age, we also gave them their own tree in the family room and they were responsible for even the lighting. Luckily the year we lost all our ornaments in Floyd we had put the girls' box in the back of Alida's closet -- so they still have their little kid ornaments, and we still put a tree in the family room for them. Eventually they'll split up the box and then I'll have to rent some children to decorate the family room tree.

    Happy Hols!
    Cass

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  47. Hi Mary...

    Oooh...what a fabulous Christmas photo mosaic!!! Sooo many Christmas pretties and I just love the soft lighting of the photos! You've done it again, Mary...yet another fabulous mosaic!!! Thank you so much for hosting Mosaic Monday...I have had so much fun with it this past year!!! Sure do appreciate you, my friend!!!

    I also really enjoyed the quote by Laura Ingalls Wilder that you included in this post! I think that one of the most endearing things about Christmas is the child-like spirit that it brings out in all of us!!!

    Warmest wishes and Christmas Blessings to you and your family, Mary!

    Chari @Happy To Design

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  48. Your photos have such a warm, nostalgic feel to them. They make me feel all the good things about Christmas, especially Christmases past.

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  49. Beautiful ornaments, rich colors in the photos--very much captures the spirit of Christmas! When the children were born I started the collection of ornaments for them. Every year they get their own small trees to decorate as they wish. However, my thought is some of what they pick I'd like to keep as little mementos!! Happens every year:)

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  50. We have the same tradition! I keep saying my tree is going to be bare when the kids take all their ornaments someday!

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  51. G'day, wow I am impressed at your xmas tradition and with the beautiful photos in your mosaic. I wish I had xmas like that. FUll of color and life. Enjoy your holidays and the day :) cya

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  52. Such a beautiful mosaic!! Just love all your ornaments... great photos!

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  53. What an impressive mosaic - I can tell that Christmas at your house is a beautiful place to be :)

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  54. oh that is such a beautiful collage...I'm glad I just stumbled on your site...from Carolyn Ford's site & the community photo challenge. I can't wait to try my hand at this...I just used Picasa this week and made a couple...but it took me the longest time to find a free program.

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  55. What a nice beautiful mosaic and lovely tradition;)

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