Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Haute Mom Dilemma #24 ~Bah Humbug!

One of my fondest memories is going to a department store to pick out my annual Christmas ornament.  My mom used to take us to the Home section of the department store where they would have endless trees and buckets with tons of ornaments just waiting to be taken home.  Our tradition was that we could each get a new ornament each year; a tradition that I still continue to do every year for my own tree.

This year, I have been looking extra hard at ornaments, especially for a "Baby's 1st Christmas" one.  I have my own first Christmas ornament still.  It is a metal angel with my name engraved on one side and the year I was born on the other.  It even has my birth weight and height.  I have wanted something like this for my own baby and now that I have the baby, I am missing the ornament.

Seriously, all you stores that want to rip me off and take advantage of me during the holidays, I am ready.  I will pay whatever you want me to for a special Christmas ornament to mark Stella's first Christmas.  There are no takers.  Literally....none. There are cheap ornaments, wooden ornaments, ceramic, plastic, I even saw ones that were made from plastic spoons today but I can't find a quality "Baby's 1st Christmas" ornament anywhere.   And in the department stores...don't even get me started.  The only chain store that I have seen any ornaments in is Target.  Cute and trendy but not what I am looking for this year.  What happened to the beautiful, quality ornaments that used to so much be a part of Christmas?  Since when did ornaments become a thing of Christmas past.  Argh.

On a brighter note, Stella had her first meeting with Santa and she didn't even bat an eye...or shed a tear which is what we really thought was going to happen.  We are still exploring the notion that Stella had no idea that Santa was human since he didn't say a word and barely moved but it's alright with me...the pictures are darling!
A special thanks to the Sinks ladies for Stella's Santa Baby dress!


  1. We always went to the Hallmark store. Then my mom labeled the bottom with mine or my brothers initial. she also added the year if it wasn't already on the ornament. I got a great personalized one for a cousin at a craft fair where the woman was writing whatever you wanted on them right in front of you.

  2. i love that Stella wasn't afraid of Santa!

  3. Love Stella's pictures with SAnta! :)
    As for the ornaments... you are right. You have to go to a Christmas SPecialty store or nice department store (Nieman Marcus or Bloomingdales - not sure if you have those by you) to get a beautiful quality Christmas ornament now. In the mall by us, they have kiosks that sell some very nice ornaments, plenty of first time ones too! SOrry you can't find that perfect one... I am off to the mall maybe on tuesday in search for ours :)
    Good luck !!

  4. adorable pics!! fyi, it may not arrive in time to hang on the tree for this year (or maybe it could...) but this is a great place from texas that has these beautiful silver ornaments and they engrave too...

    good luck on the quest!


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