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Saturday, December 10, 2011

Go Army!

Ha roo, pups and cool cats!  It's me, Zim.  As some of you know, today is the big Army versus Navy football game!  We hope the Black Knights of Army win - but mostly we'd like to see a good game played by these service members!

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 -

IMG_5420 Army uniform button

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) -

DSCN2632 West Point button

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 ...


Play bows,


  1. Anonymous10:36 AM

    You guys are the bestest for taking time to remind us to think of those serving our country! I think those are some ah-maze-ing ornaments! And we are super jealous that you have THREE trees!! Someday Mommy says we will have a REAL tree, but right now we still have a tiny tree! We hope you get game you are hoping for!! Wooo!

    Licks & Puppy Kisses,
    Kylie & Jimmy

    PeeS: Be sure to stop on by our blog to play along with Kylie's 25 Day's of Christmas!!

  2. Heh. Our house is torn; Dad was in the Army in the early 70s, but when Mom was overseas as a kid, it was the Marines who guarded the US Embassy and were the 'symbol of home', so we're just rooting for a good game. And, of course, we're rooting for the members of all the branches of the armed services! Really cool ornaments, too, BTW!

    *kissey face*
    -Fiona and Abby the Hippobottomus

  3. Wow, that os one cool tradition! First time we ever hear about it. Our tree isn't up yet, Dad's replacing windows & moms staining a wardrobe... not exactly "Christmassy" is it? Ha-roo roo roo!

    Jack & Moo

    PS: Go Navy! (tee hee hee)

  4. (Some of the Navy football team were our dad's students at NAPS!)

  5. What awesome ornies and so very special!

    Love ya lots
    Maggie and Mitch

  6. What a great tree and tradtion. MOM was cheerin for Army as well. But in the end... well you know the score.

  7. That is WAY cool, Zim! Our mom's dad was in the Air Force. Wish we had one of his buttons :) Purrs,

    Pip, Smidgen, Minnie, HOllie

  8. The buttons on the tree is a very special tradition! We hope for your sake that the Army beat the Navy!

  9. That is one cool awesome tree. Give your dad a big hug from the Mango because I am in awe of the military persons. Thanks you AO4 dad!


  10. Now that's an awesome ornament!


  11. Decorated with Love, we just LOVE the buttons,the thought of how special that is brings us tears.

    The silvers and more