I have so many Christmas tree decorations at this point that I really can’t find space for all of them, even the 10 foot Spruce tree we just put up. Last year I added a second, smaller tree upstairs in the hall outside the big kids’ rooms and my office, and although I’ve yet to find time to put it up this year, I plan to this week sometime. This year I may keep it downstairs though. We’ll see…HERE’S PART ONE OF MY HOLIDAY DECORATING SHOW & TELL.
When I was growing up, my great Aunt Louise sent my little brother and sister and me a new Christmas ornament every year with the date and our names on it. As you’ll see in my photo gallery below, I still have some of mine, although keeping aged and delicate glass ornaments covered in glitter glue from falling apart after 40 years is becoming tougher each holiday season. I’m kind of amazed that even the few I have are still hanging in there.
I always loved my Aunt Louise’s tradition, but I’m not very crafty, so for years I wasn’t sure how I could recreate it for my own kids, nieces and nephews. Then I discovered an awesome website that creates really cute, sturdy ornaments for kids. Each one has the year on it, plus the child’s name. So for the past eight or nine years, I’ve ordered a new ornament each Christmas for all of my own children, and also for most of my nieces and nephews. I try to choose an ornament each Christmas that represents something interesting about that child’s year. All the kids in my family LOVE seeing what their new ornament is each year, and hanging it on the tree with their others from years past. Again, you can see some of the kids’ ornaments from Christmases past in my photo gallery below.
A new ornament tradition that we’ve added since Henry died in 2010 is that I get each of the children the same wooden ornament each year, and let them decorate each one as they like to remember their big brother and oldest cousin during the holidays. I never want Henry to be left out of our season.
All of the kids’ special ornaments, including the ones they create to honor Henry will obviously go with them when they are grown and have their own homes and trees. I hope that they will enjoy having them as much as I love looking at mine from my Aunt Louise hanging on our Christmas tree even all these years later.
So without further ado, on to Part II: the Christmas Tree Ornament Edition….
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A big thanks to Target for sponsoring this campaign. I can honestly say that probably half of my favorite, special Christmas decorations that I’ve added to my collection over the years have come from Target. They do Christmas decorating right. And of course, Target is always an AWESOME place to find the season’s coolest Christmas toys.
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