Our tree is decorated with ornaments given to us or collected. Each as a story and its so fun remembering each story or person (some have passed away now) as we hang the ornaments on the tree each year.
Tena, ornaments of sentimental value are the best.
My favorite ornaments aren't the prettiest but they mean the most to me. My grandmother made some ornaments out of sterofoam egg cartons, pipe cleaners and glitter and I cherish them. She's been gone almost twenty years now, but I can still feel her when I put her creations on my tree. Best of luck with your release.