The idea of Christmas "Medal Trees" has really boomed this year, but I attribute my first knowledge of the trees to my friends Steph and Dana, who have been doing their own medal trees for a while now. I really wanted to create my own last year, but didn't have enough medals to cover the tree. This year, thanks to the "Year of Bonus Bling" I had the amount I needed.
I also ended up supplementing the medals with 4"x4" bib ornaments that I made out of my 20 favorite race bibs. I think it turned out really well, and I'm so proud of it that I had to share!
In placing each medal on the tree, I realized that there's not a huge variety of race locations represented by these medals, and that I should probably branch out a bit (pardon the tree-related pun):
- 6 Texas medals
- 6 Florida medals
- 5 California medals
- 4 Virginia medals
- 1 virtual race medal
Looking at my race calendar for next year, I'll be adding 2 more Florida medals, 1 California "medallion," 1 Washington State medal, and 1 Maryland medal. Apparently I have a "thing" for racing on the coasts if I'm not racing at home.