It is almost a scrapbook of memories and times in my past and people I love. I can explain everything that is on the tree. Why it is there. What it means to me. Each one tells a story. Sometimes new ornaments come through that tell a new story.
It can be 60 years old or it can be something that I found at a garage sale or even something that a charitable organization sent as a thank you for giving.
To me the real function of a tree is giving a sort of comfort and continuity. It is also a great story telling prompt.