Christmas has always been my favorite holiday – so, many years ago we decided to start a Travel Tree using Christmas ornaments from the places that we have been lucky enough to visit.
Each year decorating the tree is an opportunity to reminisce about the places that we have visited. And is also a great topic of conversation with our Christmas guests, who are eager to see the new ornaments we have added to our collection throughout the year.
We always try to find a handmade ornament from a local market, which sometimes can be a little difficult and we then find something that represents the area and can be hung from our tree.
Capilla del Santo Cristo de la Salud – San Juan Puerto Rico
This is absolutely my favorite ornament.
The Chapel of the Holy Christ of Health in Old San Juan is renowned for its healing powers and was founded on the site of a supposed divine intervention.
I was born and raised in Australia so having a Koala to represent my home of birth on our travel tree was kind of a given.
My husband’s first experience with snowshoes was in 1997 in Evenes Norway while on deployment.
The famous Panama hat represents a 3-month deployment for my husband in the late 90’s.
We lived on the Gulf Coast for 3 years and one of the places I enjoyed visiting the most was Mardi Gras World in New Orleans and where I bought this beautiful ornament. You can take a tour behind the scenes and see firsthand all the work that goes into building the famous New Orleans Mardi Gras floats.
Our Travel Tree
If our travel tree has inspired you to start your own travel tree tradition, let us help you find the right destination for your next ornament.0