Every year, I would take a favorite photo (yes, we printed our photos -- at a store! -- in those days), hunt down a photo ornament, and hang it on our Christmas tree.
As the years passed and the ornament collection grew, I began looking forward more and more to putting up the tree. I loved looking at how cute the kids were, each ornament sparking a favorite memory and taking me back in time.
This year is the first year that both of my kids are away at school and my husband and I had to put our tree up alone.
But we weren't alone -- we had our collection of photo ornaments and their memories to keep us company.
"The days are long, but the years are short."