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My Top Ten Favorite Christmas Ornaments

by on ‎12-13-2017 09:00 AM

I was born in 1972. I think the 70’s were one of the most magical decades for Christmas. We used to deck out our tree in big fat colored bulbs, and that none-too-subtle big fluffy silver tinsel garland. Oh and I remember the ornaments…the candy canes Mom used to put on the tree that our fox terrier Jiggs used to lick and eat off the bottom row of the tree. Our tube TV with its dials played claymation specials while I watched Dad string the lights and Mom position like a science, the ornaments like the ones made out of clothes pins that were decorated to look like toy soldiers.

 

There were tons of nostalgic ones. When my brother and I got old enough, Mom divided up the family ornies from our childhood, and gave us each a treasure chest of goodies to hang on our adult trees. fast forward to 2007, I had just moved to Philly to take the job at QVC. I lived in a 3rd floor apartment in an old historic house, and for all its charming architecture, it had a musty wet humid basement. That’s where I stored my holiday decorations. Sadly, the wetness ate through the box and completely destroyed all my childhood keepsakes. The only thing that survived the water damage was my childhood angel, with her burned tree skirt from when those old school 1970’s lights singed her dress. Ahh the memories.

 

So now I have begun to make my own memories, starting a whole new collection of keepsake ornaments…and I thought I would share my top ten favorites with you: 

 

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 #10 “A Friend is A Present You Give Yourself”: One of my best friends in college, Penn State, was a girl named Jen. She was a sorority sister of mine, and we lived together senior year. We were buddies. She was a PSU cheerleader. She was not even 5 foot, and she had this spunky little bounce. Jen passed away in 2002. She was a newlywed, kidney Cancer. She was 29. An only child. She’s why I collect and love ladybugs, because her nickname growing up was Ladybug and now I believe when I see them, it’s Jen coming to visit. This ornament Jen made for me. I cant remember if it was before she got sick or after, I just remember she used to love to craft, and this ornament I protect with my life.

 

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 #9 Notre Dame Cross: I love crosses, I collect them. This one Joe and I got on our honeymoon. It was a 2 parter. We first spent a week in Portofino Italy (that ornament is next) and then we stopped in Paris on the way home. This ornament I bought in, well, Notre Dame, along with the most sublime CD of organ choir music that feels like you are in the presence of God himself when you play it.

 

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#8 Portofino Village Painted Ball: And here’s the ornament we bought in the tiny town of Portofino, in an art gallery, right off the main cobblestone road heading down to the port and sea. Handpainted, it’s so heavy, solid ceramic, and a memory of one of our favorite trips thus far…just down the street was the village square where Andrea Bocelli played that fabulous concert with Composer David Foster, which was later aired on PBS.

 

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 #7 Snow Boot: I grew up in Michigan, and I have always loved snow. I skied as a kid, and I love a great pair of furry snow boots. I have 2 currently, they resemble Chewbacca from Star Wars and I love it. So this ornie my Mom gave me one year bc it perfectly captures my heart for this time of year. Preferably a time that brings snow, and lots of it.

  

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#6 Guitar: When Joe came into my life, he brought a love of music. He is obsessed with playing guitar and writing songs. He owns three guitars and is teaching his oldest son to play too. On our first Christmas together as a married couple, Mom gave Joe an ornament of his very own for our married tree. It was one that spoke right to the passions of his heart. Now every Christmas we are together as a family, Joe whips out the guitar and we sing a Christmas song.

 

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 #5 Ornate Cross: This cross is like something out of Westminster Abbey. Another gift from my Mom who has impeccable taste in Christmas ornaments. She knows how I love them, especially those that looked ripped from a cathedral in Europe. They bring such peace and hope to a room, such humility and beauty. This one is so fancy and delicate, “she” gets stored away in her very own padded box every January. She is the grand dame of the tree. 

 

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#4 Sloane Christmas Ball: There’s nothing like the innocence and haphazardness of childrens artwork. macaroni has nothing on this Christmas ball that years ago, Sloane painted for me. I give her and her brother Tripp a picture ornament every year so that by age 18, they have an entire collection chronicling their growing up years. This one from Sloane to me before Tripp came along, is a little precious star to me.

 

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 #3 Union Jack: I love London. It’s my favorite city in the world. That’s probably because my brother used to live there so we spent many vacations and Christmas’ visiting him, indulging in all things Brit. Fast forward to Joe and I married, we wanted to take his boys to see the world…they had never been outside of the states. We chose London bc it’s a quick trip, they speak English, and it’s loaded with fascinating things to see and do. This ornament I bought at WestMinster Abbey in the gift shop. To walk the abbey knowing that Kings and Queens have been crowned there, buried there, it is a place thick with history, pomp & circumstance, and regalia. It’s quite extraordinary to me.

 

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#2 Angel Tree Topper: the tree topper angel who nearly lost her skirt and to this day, despite matted hair and decades of age, still beams with the face of a cherub. I love her and she is the only thing I have from my Christmas’ as a child, other than memories. She will preside over our tree for as long as I live.

 

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#1 Jagger's - Baby's 1st Christmas: And there she is, my #1 ornament…it’s probably not much of a surprise that my number one favorite ornament is Jagger’s first Christmas one. There are no words for how much we love her, what a blessing she is, how hard it was to wait so long and endure lots of setbacks, and how worth it it was!! I feel like God literally created her for us and she is so happy in her soul, i just can’t wait for her to start talking. For now she’s very curious about Christmas tree branches with the lights! Her hand stretches out every time we walk by one.

 

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Comments
by
on ‎12-13-2017 09:17 AM

Not complete without Baby's First Christmas!

by latte972
on ‎12-13-2017 10:39 AM

The ornaments we get, that we don’t realize at the time, that will mean everything to us. I am sure you remember Jen with love every time you hang the ornaments. I too buy ornaments when I travel. Let’s see, this one from London, one from Paris, Ireland. It takes me back. And now...baby’s 1st Christmas. Your tree will be brimming with memories.

by
on ‎12-13-2017 10:51 AM

Beautiful.....cherished memories.  I collect ornaments from places that we have vacationed.  I would love to send you a ladybug ornament!!  Merry Christmas....this one will be so special with Jagger!

by
on ‎12-13-2017 11:28 AM

Your ornaments are so pretty.  Thank you for sharing their special meanings.  Have a wonderful Christmas with Joe and your adorable daughter !

by DAES
on ‎12-13-2017 12:04 PM

Such beauty and so meaningful to your life and family.Waht a magical Christmas it will be for you.Wishing you and your family a wonderful and blessed Christmas.

by
on ‎12-13-2017 12:19 PM

Beautiful ornaments with such wonderful history. What a great tradition starting for beautiful Jagger Jude. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to your beautiful family. 🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄

by
on ‎12-13-2017 12:54 PM

Ok I think I will need to go find some tissues now. Thanks for sharing your sweet and wonderful memories with us. I know that Christmas is going to be so much more fun and meaningful for you now that you are a Mom. Enjoy every moment because they grow up fast. 

by BetJ
on ‎12-13-2017 01:32 PM

Dear Shawn I lvoe your touching blog all about your ornaments!  It made me chuckle and it made me cry!

The memories are precious and they become more so the older that you get!  Cherish them all!

I wishe you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

by NINA THE GREAT
on ‎12-13-2017 03:52 PM

Thank You for sharing your memories! Beautiful! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family!

 

 

by
on ‎12-13-2017 06:14 PM

OMG Shawn I just love your baby, so precious and I'm sure she will have no trouble growing into the name you gave her, I love it by the way. Happy first xmas to dear baby and I bet your tree is beautiful with all your memory decorations.

by
‎12-13-2017 08:41 PM - edited ‎12-13-2017 08:43 PM

Merry Christmas to you, Joe and Jagger; may the New Year be happy, healthy and successful!  And bless you, dear child!

by
on ‎12-14-2017 01:32 AM

Shawn,

Our tree is brimming with ornaments that have meaning to us too.  I think every Christmas tree should tell a story about the people who decorate it.

 

Our tree holds many treasured decorations, among them:  a little porcelain angel that is also a bell.  My grandmother (now passed) gave it to me over 25 years ago.  One year I couldn't find it and cried.  Magically, it reappeared much to my relief!  That same grandmother loved Betty Boop, just adored her.  So in her honor, one year I bought a Betty Boop ornament.  I still smile everytime I look at it!  One ornament comes from Hawaii, and was given to me by a special family friend who passed a couple of years ago. Many are from my children when they were young.  Some are Irish, which is my heritage.  Of course, baseball is important in our family.  I'm a Yankee fan, my husband is a Mets fan...we have our respective ornaments, although I hang my Yankee ornament at the front of the tree, my husband's gets "hidden" more towards the back! ha, ha!  Atop the tree sits a Boyd's Bear angel...I bought it from QVC probably 20 years ago!

 

Thank you for sharing...I love the "singed" angel at the top of the tree.  She sure looks resilient...it must tug at your heartstrings everytime you look at her. 

 

Enjoy your first Christmas with Jagger.  You are in for a real treat now that you have a child.  Seeing Christmas through their eyes will magically transform all of your Christmases to come!!

 

Wishing you, Joe, Jagger and your step-sons a blessed Christmas and all the happiness your hearts can hold for 2018!

 

 

 

by MargoA
on ‎12-14-2017 08:09 AM

Shawn,

 

I just love your blog posts.  It comes through that you are such a beautiful person inside and out and you must make Joe, Jagger, and everyone around you smile a lot!  Merry Christmas to you and your family!!

by kirbople
on ‎12-14-2017 02:43 PM

Shawn,

 

Thanks for sharing your beautiful ornaments but you left the absolute best for last.  Your daughter is absolutely beautiful.  Of course, I only know you from your presentations, but you seem like a new woman.  I can see why.  What a gift she is for you and your husband.  I wish you a wonderful first Christmas.  Enjoy every second because they grow up so quickly.  My boys are men now with families of their own and I'm enjoying the brand new benefits of being "grammalolo".   LOVE, LOVE, LOVE when I hear the little voices say my name.  Sometimes I have to pinch myself!!!

by
on ‎12-20-2017 03:55 PM

Until I read this you were just another QVC host. Now I feel like I kind of "know" you a little bit. I can tell you have an open heart. Enjoy your first Christmas with your whole family and your new little girl. Smiley Happy

by livsmommy
on ‎12-24-2017 02:34 PM

Oh my word, I get tears in my eyes when I see your little Jagger.  What a precious little baby.  My baby girl is 16 and I still love to sit and watch her sleep.  I'm so happy for you.  There is nothing in this whole world that can fill your heart like the love you feel for your kids.  So happy that you and Joe are experiencing this kind of joy.  I love seeing your smile when a caller mentions Jagger.  You're such a doll Shawn. 

by
on ‎12-30-2017 02:23 PM

Miss Jagger has the most beautiful eyes!!!!  Love.  Heart

by boosiebaby
on ‎01-03-2018 09:08 PM

Shawn, I just started with the but i watched.  you really can hear your soul speak.  i prayed for you and joe and now you have beautiful jagger and great ornaments.  i knew God would give you the strength to carry on.  there is a light about you ms s.  stay who you are, so so many people love.

by Inca girl
on ‎01-22-2018 09:31 PM

Would love to know where you get your readers from. You have so many cute ones.

thank you 

by BaseballGranny
on ‎02-16-2018 11:58 PM
Jagger is the cutest little one I've seen in a long time. I'm sure she made your Christmas the best ever. You are so great. You and your personality helped me get through a VERY DIFFICULT time. I lost my son to MS in April 2016 when I would tune into QVC your attitude about life lifted my spirits and attitude about life. I really appreciate your help. God bless you. Give your Jagger a hug and kiss. Carol Monahan
by myplayground
on ‎08-02-2018 06:04 PM

I just want to say, THANK YOU for being such a loving soul, and for sharing such touching and meaningful memories, had to get the tissues out for both happy and sad, tears.

I know we have never met in person, but from watching you on QVC, I feel like I've gotten to see, what a great heart & soul, you have and AWESOME humor...which  lifted my spirits and given, much needed, ROFLMAO moments!

Since I do watch QVC, every night, inbetween my shows, I feel like you all are literally, part of my family Smiley Wink!

You deserve all of the happiness life has to offer Shawn, and I am so happy that God has blessed you & Joe with, Jagger, she is beyond, adorable...just precious.

I lost my BFF also, to a rare blood disease, so can totally relate and also my soul mate, having children wasn't in the cards for me, so at 55 years old, I am praying God has a plan, because it can be a little lonely at times.

Thanks for bringing so much joy into my life by sharing your heartfelt moments Shawn, and I wish the best for you, Joe and Jagger and Joe's sons...there are tons of new memories to be made!!!!

 

by AddieGirl
on ‎02-17-2019 07:28 PM

Why do you have your mouth open in every photograph and why do you spread your legs demonstrating a product.

by AddieGirl
on ‎02-19-2019 12:56 AM

Let me guess, you called Lori Goldstein and told her how much you missed her, then you asked her how she like working with Amy on PM Style and then Lori said how much she would like working with you and you told her to tell QVC.  That is how you stole Lori Goldstein from Amy on PM Style.  Well, my dear, look on the internet and read the hundreds of comments people made about you and how misreable you are and nasty.  i was shocked.  But remember, you may live in Philadelphia, but you will never be Main Line, you always be from Michigan.

by acl
on ‎02-23-2019 09:36 AM

I just loved reading about the special meanings each one had.  I have 3 that go on my tree each yr  On the top of my tree is a Angle that my mother in law had made me, she has passed but each time i see it i will alway think of her and how very special she was to me, the other 2 our stars one for each of my parents  that have also passed  with in the past 3 yrs, I feel that they our with me during the holiday season and always watching over us.  I just love you and wish you and your family wonderful happy memories for all time.  

 

by 3QVC
on ‎06-04-2019 09:15 PM

Hello Shawn

   Xmas tree Ornaments nice, maybe be cute to add those glasses you play with on air 99.9% of your time placing them on your face taking off and vice versa, Smiley Happy then watching ur self on your monitor,  really I recall the 1st huge black pair you suprised your co workers with and the comments they made  lol

  you saying "REALLY" do you really need those?

Once again, they would make great Xmas ornaments, you should consider it 

by 3QVC
on ‎06-04-2019 09:22 PM

Shawn:

        To addiegirl comment of you so true.....

Philadelphia yes, Michigan yes, but Mexico for sure

reconsider! 

by AddieGirl
on ‎08-28-2019 02:18 AM

Shawn:  Put in Shawn Killinger:  The Good, the Bad and the Skunky and pull up the 205 pages on you.  You will love them.  Here is one on you and a shower and one on wine.

by
on ‎12-02-2019 05:04 PM

Happy holidays. What beautiful, special ornaments you have, Shawn. Enjoy them in good health!