Advent Calendar – December 3, 2009

christmas ornaments

Christmas Tree Ornaments

Did your family have heirloom or cherished ornaments? Did you ever string popcorn and cranberries? Did your family or ancestors make Christmas ornaments?

UPDATE: well I am late getting this list of highlights out – but who isn’t constantly running late around the holidays?

  • Even ugly Christmas ornaments need love, despite the laughs from your family.  Learn about an abstract ornament made by Amy of We Tree which still gets placed on the tree each year.
  • Read a touching story about receive a special ornament each year. kmkat of Tracing Ancestors tells us about her Granny and the gifts she gave each year.
  • texicanwife at Mountain Genealogists tells of Mama’s Christmas Ornaments and other decorations – I remember that our family had the same set of felt elves and other items!
  • Look at the stunning Christmas ornaments from Hungary! See what Lisa at 100 Years In America has sitting under her tree each year.
  • Jen at Shaw Genealogy talks of her mother’s neat trick: little noisy bell ornaments on the lower branches to alert her of pesky dogs and present snooping children!
  • Ever hear of tear bottle ornaments? Neither had I until I read Vickie of BeNotForgot’s touching post.
  • Finally, how can you forget the Christmas tree skirt?  Amanda at ABT UNK shows us a great skirt made by her paternal grandmother.

Here is a listing of all ACCM 2009 posts today from GeneaBloggers’ member blogs:

Photo: Christmas Ornaments, December 2007, Chicago, IL.  Digital image.  [Privately held by Thomas MacEntee, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE] Chicago, Illinois, 2009.

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What happens when a “tech guy” with a love for history gets laid off during The Great Recession of 2008? You get Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional who’s also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, online community builder and more. Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. He also created an online community of over 3,000 family history bloggers known as GeneaBloggers. His most recent endeavor, Hack Genealogy, is an attempt to “re-purpose today’s technology for tomorrow’s genealogy.” Thomas describes himself as a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude of topics who has finally figured out what he does best: teach, inspire, instigate, and serve as a curator and go-to-guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. Thomas is a big believer in success, and that we all succeed when we help each other find success.

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