BLOOMFIELD, NL— Like most traditions, it wasn’t planned.
It began about twenty years ago when Eric and Lynn Perry brought home some souvenirs from a trip to Florida.
Flash forward to today, and the Bloomfield couple has a collection of roughly one hundred ornaments representing about 50 countries from all over the globe, including Jordan, China, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Greece, Italy, India, Norway, Finland, Holland, Poland, Venice, Turkey, Ireland, Scotland, America, Australia, Athens, Rome, Honduras, Belize, Croatia, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, and many more.
They have so many ornaments, in fact, that about eight years ago they had to set up a secondary Christmas tree in their home— the travel tree.
"It became a tree of travel," said Lynn with a laugh.
It has now become the tradition, that whenever the couple, or their children, travels, they return with a new ornament for the travel tree.
The result is a colorful, spectacular of culture and travel. You might see a Kangaroo from Australia alongside a nativity scene from Rome, or a Indian bell alongside a bulb from Wales, or a glittering Venetian mask alongside a festive Zimbabwean hut.
Because of cultural differences, some countries the family visit do not celebrate Christmas, so a decoration, usually representing something of national or cultural significance, is brought home to adorn the tree.
For all the travelling the couple has enjoyed over the years, they say that the only place they want to be for Christmas is home.