Mr. P and I always pick up a Christmas ornament on our travels. We had a really fun time collecting them this year. Sometimes they are actual Christmas ornaments, sometimes they’re keychains or tchotchkes I attach a hook to.
This year we’re trending more toward actual ornaments!
Ireland: Guinness Christmas Tree. Yes we bought this during the crazy-merchandised Guinness visit that I didn’t love. Yes, we overpaid for it. But how can you resist a gold tree made out of harps and little pints? That’s right, you can’t.
Munich: Snowflake, Penguin, Christmas Scene. This was last year technically. But since we were traveling for Christmas, we didn’t get a chance to hang these on our own tree until this year. And since we were visiting the Munich Christmas Markets, ummmm, several ornaments were purchased. Several.
Italy: Venetian Carnenvale Mask. I popped into a carnevale mask store to buy a souvenir for a friend of mine and ended up walking out with a Christmas ornament for myself. The shop owner let me pick out a mask and then turned it into an ornament.
Austria: Keychain. Super touristy, yep. The poor shopkeeper seemed a bit miffed that we didn’t want one of the huge hand painted ornaments. Since I already had a generic Christmas scene painted on an ornament (see above), I wanted something that said “Austria” a bit more. The keychain has a bunch of the major Innsbruck sites, plus an edelweiss! I was sold.