I brought out my Christmas tree a week or so ago and quickly realized that it had seen better days. Shoot, Charlie Brown’s tree had seen better days than this thing. But, to be fair, it was a $20 fake tree from Dollar General, and it held up for a few years. Probably, I can’t really ask for more than that.
Still, I was a little bummed because, man, I love trimming the tree. I have a lot of ornaments that my mom and I made when I was little, plus a few I’ve picked up here and there as an adult. The ones that mean the most are, of course, the ones with a specific memory attached—whether that memory is from making or buying the ornament or just from seeing it on the tree every year, it doesn’t matter. It still puts a smile on my face.
The other day, I came across something else that put a big ol’ smile on my face. My friend Megan, who’s a sports marketing manager at Oakley and one of the coolest, most inspiring athletes I know (in fact, she’s the one who motivated me to sign up for my next half marathon), posted a picture of some “ornaments” on her tree—her race medals!
After doing so many races over the years, I’ve accumulated a lot of medals, and some of them are downright gorgeous, but what do I do with them? I don’t even know. Some are stuffed in drawers, others are hanging from the doorknob in my office, some have been misplaced and will never be seen again, I’m sure. Hanging them on my tree every year is a far better idea!
How cool would this be, especially if multiple people in your family get involved in races? You could even take it a step further, crafting race numbers into various paper ornaments or using the ribbons from your medals as garland. I won’t lie; if we had an extra tree (and the space for it), I would totally consider having a whole separate sporty tree. Talk about motivation, right?
Have you ever done something like this with your race medals? Do you have any other fun and crafty ideas to share? —Kristen