We thought today would be a good day to talk to you about Mom's (and our) favorite "ornament" for Christmas (aside from the Nativity scenes, which we all love). We actually have three lit trees in the house - one with lots of different types of ornaments, one with angels and Nativity ornaments, and one that has nothing but patriotic ornaments on it! Every year, we put a small tree up to honor all those who serve in our nation's military. It's a good reminder that there are many men and women in uniform who will spend Christmas away from home.
Here is our favorite "ornament" on our favorite tree -
It's one of Dad's Army uniform buttons! Tying uniform buttons to the Christmas tree dates back to at least the mid-1800s - a great military family tradition from the frontier days! Mom loops ribbon through the shanks on some of our dad's brass Army uniform buttons and even some of her dad's buttons and ties them to our tree!
Here's one of Mom's dad's buttons from his when he was a cadet at the US Military Academy (West Point) -
Isn't that the coolest?
Remember to say prayers for our US military members who are serving overseas this year! And getting back to that game today ... in the words of our grandpap, our dad, and so VERY many others ...
GO ARMY, BEAT NAVY!