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Every Ornament Tells a Story, What’s Yours?

fishing-hat-ornamentSomeone once asked me, what I look for when picking out the ornaments in our Christmas Shop. The answer is really simple: besides the usual Santas, snowmen, angels and birds, dogs and elves, I look for those special ornaments that I hope will speak to you.

I love it when I see someone pick up the fisherman’s hat or the slice of bacon ornament. Yes, a slice of bacon (we all know that bacon goes with everything, apparently even Christmas trees)! I can then ask them why that hat or bacon; what’s the story? An old vintage fisherman’s hat reminded one woman of going fly fishing with her dad.  Another bought the beautiful Jim Shore “Naughty or Nice” Santa for her nephew. Said she is getting him a different Santa each year. This would be his second one.

The other day we had someone who had to have a cow. I am not too sure I heard that story correctly but it was for a friend, and of course we found her a cow. Whew! That was a close one.  Last year, a gentleman came in and needed a palm tree ornament. All we had was a enamel flip flop with a palm tree under it, which he bought. I asked him, “Why a palm tree?” and it ended up his lady love had one tattooed on her arm and he thought it would be a great idea. I hope he comes back this year since I found 3 different palm trees for him.

I have to say that I love my own ornaments.  My children and grandson put our tree up on Thanksgiving and my son kept saying, I don’t recall some of these. I just smiled and said, oh you know me, I am always finding new ornaments for our tree. They all have meaning to me as I am sure yours do too.  I hope if you stop by this season you can share your stories with me.

by Stephanie Fleming, Behnke’s Vice President

Stephanie Fleming was raised at Behnke’s Nurseries in Beltsville. Her Mom, Sonja, was one of Albert & Rose Behnke’s four children. She was weeding from the moment she could walk and hiding as soon as she was old enough to run, so many weeds, so little time. Although she quickly learned how to pull out a perennial and get taken off of weed pulling duty.

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