Ever since I bought a wooden Christmas tree with small hanging wooden figures in Bratislava a few years ago, I have started buying Christmas tree decorations when we travel. Certainly not to the same extent as my collection of dirty mugs, but it has definitely become more embellished over the years. It should not be marbles with the city's name in writing style and small glass angels, but rather slightly kitschy figures with a lot of color. As our tree is a really porky Disney tree with lots of snow, it is fitting to fill the tree with lots of Christmas tree ornaments. Actually, I want the tree to twinkle a little more, but the hundred little lights that make the snow sparkle will have to do instead.
I have selected five favorites from the tree, which make me dream back to previous years' Christmas trips. What does your tree look like? Have you also filled the tree with memories? Maria's memoirs has made a flag garland with flags from the countries she visited. Very nice I think! Maybe it would be something for me to tinker with for next Christmas?
Favorite memory 1: London, England
From London I have two Christmas decorations from Harrods. A glittering golden Big Ben and a glittering red double decker. They are incredibly heavy though, a little tricky to place them in the tree without the branches bending a little. But what do you not do with such beautiful ornaments?
Favorite memory 2: Tallinn, Estonia
In Estonia we found these lovely wooden soldiers. There were two of them, in different colors and with different weapons. It only cost ten kronor each, so I probably should have bought more.
Favorite memory 3: Krakow, Poland
No one who has visited Poland could have escaped this folklore pattern. It really is everywhere. Almost a bit of zucchini, right? I only bought one bullet with me from Poland, both because the hand luggage was getting full and because I wasn't really sure that the bullet would fit in the tree. A little too much pink and light blue and a little too little red and gold.
Favorite memory 4: Tallinn, Estonia
Even more bullets from Estonia now thinking now? Yes, a lot was bought in Tallinn. This little red and gold snowman belongs to a set of eight different figures. Super nice little wooden figures hand painted with flowers and patterns. Christmas trees, matryoshkas, towers with onion domes and old men with hats.
Favorite memory 5: Great Ocean Road, Australia
The funny thing about our koala ball is that none of us remember when we bought it. We can't remember buying it in Australia, so it's probably bought in Sweden. But it doesn't really matter at all, because when I see it, I still long to go back to the wild koalas we met on the Great Ocean Road in Victoria. These adorable little fur balls! Love koalas!