Travel The World Around My Christmas Tree

I’ve been very fortunate in my life to have had the opportunity to travel the world.
Over the years I have collected Christmas ornaments from the countries I’ve visited and today 
I would like to share a few of my favorites with you.
Ornaments are the perfect collectible because they usually represent their country very well
and can easily be tucked into a suitcase or purse for transport home.
Each year when I unwrap my treasured ornaments I relive the wonderful memories
of my travels and the people I shared my adventures with.
So fasten your seat belts and let’s go.
Vienna, Austria
Mozart’s Home
Nuremberg, Germany
This ornament represents a booth in the grand Christkindlmarkt
where I first saw roasted almonds, Gebrannte Mandeln. It was here that I purchased
the nut roasters that changed my life.
Ooh La La
Geta, wood sole Japanese sandals
Budapest, Hungary
A wood, hand painted bell
THE place to buy copper cookware
Glass beads hand set in beeswax
 Prague, Czech Republic
Wood hand painted Santa
Hand carved wood young girl
Bruge, Belgium
Vienna, Austria
Eine schone Madchen
Bing & Grondahl, 1982
Frohe Weihnachten
Merry Christmas Dear Friends


  1. La Table De Nana says

    What beautiful souvenirs..It must be so nice remembering when you put each one on a branch:)

    Memories to last a lifetime.. Thanks for showing us..All superb..Love the Eiffel tower and Copper pot of course!

  2. EliFla says

    Since three years ago when we travel for our honeymoon I collect some ornaments not for tree but for my wreath on kitchen's door…. Sausalito CA 2007, Madrid 2008, Bar Hartbour ME 2009, Venice 2010 (in 10 day we will be there!!!) and JApan for 2011 (next summer !!!)….. but my world collection around the world in on my fridge!!! But your decorations are really beautyful…. hugs, Flavia
    P.S. Did you buy the Paris pot…chez MORA????

  3. our daily dishes says

    hi cathy, thank you for you visiting my blog :) you know i love nutcrackers so your table by the tree is calling me over… better to see all your cute ornaments! i love to collect when traveling too, its wonderful to see how much globetrotting you have done. wishing you a very merry christmas!

  4. Fresh Local and Best says

    Happy holidays Cathy! It is so neat that you have all of these souvenirs to remind you of the wonderful places you visited over the years.

  5. Happier Than a Pig in Mud says

    Beautiful ornaments Cathy! I agree that they are the perfect collectible! Merry Christmas and Happy Baking:@)

  6. bellini valli says

    I love to collect Christmas ornaments myself. each one has a special meaning as we bring them out of their wrappings.

  7. From the Kitchen says

    Thank you so much for sharing the wonderful and meaningful ornaments. I feel as if I've shared a nice visit with you this afternoon.


  8. Lea Ann says

    Well if that doesn't get us in the Christmas spirit, nothing will. I love them all, but did favor the copper pan, the Eifel Tower and the sandals. My Christmas tree would be pretty bare. Hawaii, Canada and Mexico. Merry Christmas Cathy.

  9. Dinners and Dreams says

    This is really cool. I'll have to remember to get an ornament from each country I visit. It makes the tree look very international.

    Have a wonderful Christmas!


  10. The Food Hound says

    Isn't it fabulous to be able to travel?? We have a few ornaments, but our collector's item from each country is a magnet. Then we get to see them every day on our fridge, not just at Christmas!

  11. Rita says

    What a great idea you had to collect these; I wish I would have thought of this. Thank you for sharing; I'm sure each one bring special memories for you.

  12. A Feast for the Eyes says

    We just decorated our tree. My son is amazed how I can remember where I was when I bought an ornament, or who gifted me with one. They are wonderful memories. I LOVE your nutcracker! Merry Christmas, my friend.

  13. Karen says

    Thanks for sharing, Cathy. The ornaments are beautiful and how nice that you get to re-live your travels each year when you put up the tree.

  14. Chow and Chatter says

    wow love this I am going to start collecting how wonderful must bring back so many amazing memories :-)

    Merry Christmas

    Love Rebecca

  15. Raina says

    Those ornaments are beautiful. Thank you for sharing them. You have been to some wonderful places. About ten years ago, I started collecting ornaments on our vacations. And like you, every year we enjoy remembering each trip as we look at our tree.

  16. My Little Space says

    Cathy, this looks like a united nation tree! Beautiful! Thanks for sharing & hope you're enjoying the day.
    Blessings, Kristy

  17. Cooking Gallery says

    Beautiful ornaments…! You remind me that I have to visit the Christmas markets around, or I'm going to miss it…!

  18. My Carolina Kitchen says

    What a wonderful collection Cathy and even more fun to have travel and collected them. We've been to Mozart's home and that is the cutest ornament I've ever seen. I can't stop smiling at how charming it is.

  19. Yvonne @ StoneGable says

    This is a lovely way to remember your travels and display your treasures! We also have several ornament from our escapades!
    I love the little bell from Denmark and Mozart!
    Merry Christmas!

  20. SavoringTime in the Kitchen says

    Beautiful remembrances from your travels, Cathy! How wise you were to think of purchasing them – they're all beautiful.

    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  21. Pam says

    What great memories from your trips. You have a beautiful collection and I love the copper pot from Paris. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  22. Ciao Chow Linda says

    Every one of those ornaments is beautiful, but the memories you made when you were traveling mean so much more. Keep making them.

  23. scrambledhenfruit says

    Your tree is gorgeous! It must be fun to decorate with all of the wonderful memories attached to each ornament. I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas!

  24. The Urban Baker says

    what a great way to journal your experiences. you've inspired to create some sort of alter for our family travels! happy holidays!

  25. Diana's Cocina says

    What lovely ornaments. My Mom just gave me about 10 ornaments from my childhood. It was such an exciting moment as we decorated our family tree with them. Great post.

  26. Lois says

    Thanks for sharing your Travel the World Around My Christmas Tree. Such beautiful ornaments! We too collect ornaments from our travels, though we have yet to go to Europe. We also look for photo albums with the place we traveled to on the cover to put our photos from our trip in.

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