Early in our life together my wife decided to build traditions for all our future Christmas by creating hand-made ornaments for our tree. Styrofoam, beads, pins, wire and bangles transitioned from items in a tray to beautiful designs worthy of the most Victorian holiday parlor. As time has moved forward we’ve added other “store-bought” items to our holiday decorations but as the tree goes up these original creations come out, each one returning a memory of those early days away from the modern hustle when celebration of Christmas was an event significant enough to disrupt even a graduate student’s focus. Here are a few of those to help get you in the mood for this holiday season. Click on any image to see a larger version.