Kristian's favorite Christmas tree ornaments: Tell us about yours!

Tue, Dec 20, 2011 at 9:45 AM

From the pen of Kristian Bush...

Hey everyone. While playing around with my camera and getting more and more nervous about Santa getting my Christmas list, I found myself taking pictures of my tree this year -- maybe for posterity, or to remember it through the year, or to send to friends. I realized pretty quickly that in order to keep them from being judged as cheesy or ugly, my ornaments need to come with a story attached somehow. In my mind, maybe each one comes with a neat, perfectly-cut white plaque from a museum that succinctly describes that ornament, with perfect font spacing. You know, something that makes it appear important, even though it's probably just a piece of junk ornament that I got at a truck stop somewhere while traveling.

So I thought I might ask everyone a question out there in Sugar-fan-land: What are the stories of your favorite ornaments on your tree? As I am a bit talkative today, I will share some of mine with you.

The ornament at the top of this post is I think my oldest surviving ornament from childhood. You will notice it is engraved with my name and the year. I like to believe in my head that it was truly one of a kind, but I have heard of identical ones out there, and maybe every child in 1976 got the same ornament because it came in an S&H green stamp book bonus gift program or something. No matter how it got to me, it is the only surviving relic of that time.

This one is exactly what it appears to be. The fun part about this is that I got it during our first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry, by sneaking out to the lobby in between soundcheck and the performance. I won't forget it because I had to stand in line for a while, big white hat and all, and nod and smile as everyone asked each other if they had seen us play before. Most of the customers replied "No" to each other. When they asked me, I smiled and said, "I hope they're good." I bought my ornament and ducked back down the hall for the backstage door. So this is my proof of my first Opry performance.

Finally, there are ornaments that I hope inspire. After my mother died, I had a hard time divvying up her things and distributing them. She had a sudden death, and it has taken quite a while to process. Eventually I ended up sitting in front of many of her things, just staring, trying to figure out what to do.

One of the things my mom loved to do was go over the top with the things around her. There were many mornings I came down for breakfast to find that we were drinking our orange juice from goblets (yes, like King Arthur's court, or Vikings). She always insisted that we use her silver, every day. "If you have it, why not use it?" she would remind us. So I sat in front of her chandelier, the really dangly crystal '80s chandelier that was part really classy, part "Where am I ever gonna hang that?" It was suggested that we make Christmas ornaments out of the pieces and give them to everyone in the family to remember her and her over-the-top attitude. I was sold. These are the pieces below.

Merry Christmas, everyone. May this week bring lots of music and smiles and family and patience and love and hope.

- Kristian

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  1. debbiegregg0123 avatar

    On Sat, Jan 7, 2012 at 7:58 PM, debbiegregg0123 said:

    What a great idea Kristian about making ornaments out of your moms chandelier!!!!! Very classy and a great way to "Share" your mom's memory. Hope everyone had great holidays!!!!

  2. Katy avatar

    On Fri, Jan 6, 2012 at 5:52 AM, Katy said:

    I also have ornaments that 'mean something' its fun to think about the memory every year while putting up the tree. My mom would give us 'daughter' ornaments every year. My sisters and I would tease her sometimes saying those were for little girls, but now I realize with a 30 year, a 28 year and a 24 year old of my own, that we would always be her little girls. This year I bought a shadow box and I'm putting all the ornaments my mom gave me (she died 6 years ago) so that if someday it's too much work putting up a tree, I'll still have my memories of mom. Oh and thanks for the Little Wood Guitar! Love it! Love the song!

  3. Lydia avatar

    On Fri, Dec 30, 2011 at 11:40 AM, Lydia said:

    My favorite ornaments are the two that my Mom and I made together in an arts & crafts class. She loved to do crafts...me--not so much! But these ornaments were beautiful round styrofoam balls that we decorated with shiny sequins and pins, and then accented with matching ribbons. I still have them today, and every year when I see them again, they remind me of our arts & crafts class and the fun we had together! BTW....thanks, Sugarland for the Christmas card with my very own Little Wood Guitar....another treasure to keep!

  4. LaurieB avatar

    On Sun, Dec 25, 2011 at 7:23 PM, LaurieB said:

    What kind of plant will I end up when I plant my little wood guitar?

  5. Robyn avatar

    On Sat, Dec 24, 2011 at 2:57 PM, Robyn said:

    Love the oldie ornaments

  6. Bailey avatar

    On Fri, Dec 23, 2011 at 10:29 PM, Bailey said:

    love my new "little wood guitar" thanks sugarland!

  7. Karlyn avatar

    On Fri, Dec 23, 2011 at 1:20 PM, Karlyn said:

    haha dont worry about never making it on the naughty list :P one of my favorite ornaments is a really decrative egg shaped thing that my cousin gave me when i was little. then you can open it up and theres a little pendant in it that has an angel on it :)

  8. Connie avatar

    On Fri, Dec 23, 2011 at 7:47 AM, Connie said:

    Thanks for sharing, Kristian. My favorite ornament from growing up was one that I made out of two deoderant tops glued together, then wrapped with 'green & gold' yarn. I made it in 2nd grade art class and thought I was quite crafty. My mom put that thing on the tree until her last year on earth. :-D We also had some little elves dressed as toy soldiers that I thought were pretty spiffy. Now, I love the antique looking ornaments I have a red and white heart shaped one, Trimmed ornately with white glitter that I'm particularly fond of. I am with Tracy - a Sugarland ornament would be front and center on my tree. However, like you, I LOVE all things Christmas. After being front row center in Indy I'm just so happy to be here for the Holidays and everyday! Love you guys and hope you and your family have a wonderful Holiday Season! Merry Christmas - Sugarfamily and friends!

  9. coffee nut avatar

    On Thu, Dec 22, 2011 at 10:31 PM, coffee nut said:

    Luv the 1976 ornament. Oldie but goodie!

  10. AngieANG avatar

    On Wed, Dec 21, 2011 at 7:59 PM, AngieANG said:

    I love hearing your stories behind some of your ornaments Kristian. My mom has bought us a special ornament every year since we were born. I love the old and even cheesy ones and I will have them forever. I hope you and yours have a Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!

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