These are a few of my favorite things...

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These are a few of my favorite things...

Each year, our trees are wrapped in shrink wrap and packed away until the next Thanksgiving. While I love that I don't have to hang all of the ornaments (one of our trees probably has hundreds of ornaments), I still have to straighten out the branches and touch many of the ornaments in the process.

Every single ornament has a story - there is even a story that goes with the simplest of ornaments! For a long time, we tried to keep the historic ornaments together, a patriotic section, a sporting corner, an area just for the kids ornaments, one for travel - and the list goes on. Somehow, one year, they seem to be mixed in together. Many came off in the move and they were replaced rather haphazardly. 

So, the organized (maybe a little OCD) part of me, didn't think this haphazard collection was going to work! Quite the contrary - I loved it and had someone very special to us who spent time looking at our tree this year, say that it was the most fascinating tree he'd ever seen! It really does have a LOT of history on it - so much so that no one else would ever appreciate it as much as we do.

Here are a few of my favorites...

These are from clients this year so, I had to feature these first.

Avocado toast 1996 White House Ornament
client gift Romano Owl


Top Left: When Ray was in Denver, I discovered Avocado Toast - O M G - it's SUCH a weakness for me! I have posted a few times to FB about it and shared my recipe there. One of my clients couldn't wait to drop this one off for me this year - so appropriate!

Bottom Left: Many of my clients have a wicked sense of humor and this one, I LOVE! It's perfect to remember all of the crazy things about 2020 that we will be pushing out of our memories as quickly as possible! Every year, we can be reminded of all that we have to be thankful for that year - #1 - it wasn't 2020!

Top Right: As I mentioned, one of my clients knew that I collected the White House ornaments but, was missing the year of my anniversary. I used to joke that it was the busiest year of my life and I forgot a LOT that year! Anyway, one of my sweet clients found this for me. How thoughtful!

Bottom Right: This was such a cute gift from a client that shares my love for owls! We had an owl nest at our previous home and they used to sit on my our roof. I was always amazed at their wing span - they always seemed short and dumpy to me. However, they have an extremely wide wing span and they are incredibly graceful. - and not dumpy at all!

Of course, I have. to share the beautiful angel that one of my patients gave me many years ago.

Faceless Angels atop the Christmas Tree


These are simply favorites of mine from years past. 

Ashe's Shoe
Merry Christmas Ornaments Merry Christmas Ornament

One of my BFFs loves to give me ornaments for my tree - she takes great pleasure in gifting me something that 'fits me' and that is unique each and every year. The believe angel is one that she gave me (top left) and it is the most special ornament on my Panther tree - and has been since we got that tree! 

Another girlfriend knows my passion for shoes so, a few years ago, she gifted me this one (top right). I have several on the tree but, this one is my favorite.

Our teal and chartreuse tree that had red cardinals added this year, has always had just a bit of red, white and blue with this ornamet given to me by another BFF. I absolutely loved that the color of the statue of liberty (bottom left) matched our tree colors and the flag really popped since it was the only thing that wasn't teal or chartreuas on the tree - until the cardinals!

Another one of our White House Historic ornaments - this is one of my favorites. The green background really helps show off all of the detail in this lovely ornament. (Bottom right, of course)! 

In a year of so much chaos, I found many blessings in 2020. The Christmas season this year was a particularly wonderful time to reminisce - about Christmases past and where we've been throughout life. I will say it made me miss travel a bit - and attending sporting events - but, I quickly moved to being thankful for having had the opportunity to do both. 


Thank you again, Head Elf Carol Williams Santa Anna Banana for hosting this fabulous December challenge. There's still time today to participate! Read more about the challenge here


© Debe Maxwell | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | | These are a few of my favorite things...

Comments (17)

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Your title took me straight to Rogers and Hammerstein. That is definitely a song of joy and that is what I wish you for the upcoming year Debe....

Dec 31, 2020 08:39 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


What a fun, and beautiful, post to finish up 2020. Happy New Year 2021!


Dec 31, 2020 10:43 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

One of my favorite songs, and fitting for a few of your favorite things. How thoughtful your clients are to gift you such special ornaments. Enjoyed reading about them...

Dec 31, 2020 11:27 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Debe Maxwell, CRS perfect endings to a Merry Merry Month- A fun way to bring in a Healthy & Happy New Year 🥰

Dec 31, 2020 11:32 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Hi Debe Maxwell, CRS I  love that you used all your different ornaments that tell a story! So many wonderful memories and people fill up your tree every year! That's fun in itself!  Love the avocado toast ornamnet - that's gotta be a first for me! LOL. And shoes, what girl doesn't love her shoe collection!!

Dec 31, 2020 12:58 PM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Lots of wonderful memories on that tree, Debe Maxwell, CRS. I hope you have a fabulous New Years.

Dec 31, 2020 01:00 PM
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Debe Maxwell, CRS, you will cherish them for the years to come. Wishing you a Happy New Year! 

Dec 31, 2020 02:55 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Some very pretty and very special ornaments.  We take them all off and store them separately just so they won't break.  We have been good with the family memories and the travel ones as well.' Happy New Year

Dec 31, 2020 03:18 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Debe Maxwell, CRS - What a wonderful trip down Memory Lane! Thank you for sharing this.  You are so right. Each ornament has such special memories and that is what makes decorating the tree so wonderful!

Dec 31, 2020 03:21 PM
Raymond Henson, eXp Realty
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

It always amazes me how all the decorations from all the different years all come together to form a perfect tree.  You have some beautiful ornaments.  Happy New Year! ! !

Dec 31, 2020 03:24 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Your ornaments remind me a little of my own.  When my kids were young, they each got an ornament from the Hallmark store each Christmas.  When they left home and began their own families, their collection of ornaments with them.  I enjoy revisiting them each year.

Dec 31, 2020 04:20 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Debe, on having this blog FEATURED in the PHOTOS group!

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Dec 31, 2020 04:21 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Debe,
I love all your special ornaments, each with its own special story. My favorite part of having a tree is pulling out the homemade ornaments I've been given over the years. 

Dec 31, 2020 05:32 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Debe.

Well finally 2020 is gone, surely not to be forgotten.  2021, has just got to be a better year.  Like you my wife has certain ornaments she has to put on the tree every year.  

Jan 01, 2021 01:05 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Debe when I saw your title it reminded me of a Mary Poppins song ..... LOL

Jan 01, 2021 08:59 AM
Jim Paulson
Progressive Realty (Boise Idaho) - Boise, ID

I agree that I miss traveling.  I think 2020 was the first year I didn't go to a major real esate conference.  I try to go to the ones for NAR, the Building Contractor's Association and CRS.  Maybe we should plan a 2021 RainCamp.

Jan 01, 2021 10:36 AM
Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty - Love our Great City - Love our Clients! Buckhead - Midtown - Westside - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

Debe Maxwell, CRS 
Family stories are what it is all about.
Great Memories! Lynn

Jan 02, 2021 05:37 PM