When decorating the family tree in 1972, Barbara Schmitz hung a small, clear plastic angel. The ornament was new that year, but Schmitz didn't mention it to anyone. It was her quiet way of acknowledging the baby she lost to a miscarriage eight months earlier.The next year, the Dublin woman bought another angel ornament. Each Christmas she added another.
"I kept it to myself for a long time," said Schmitz, now 69 and the mother of three. "After I told people, my family, friends and relatives all started giving me angel ornaments."Schmitz estimates that she now has 75 of the decorations, in all shapes, sizes and materials - glass, wood, pewter, paper, porcelain, steel, even a shell angel from Hawaii and a small plastic red angel once filled with juice that her daughter bought long ago at the checkout counter of aGold Circle store.The angel ornaments became so numerous that she bought a larger tree a few years ago to accommodate them all.