The weekend after thanksgiving is normally the held traditional put up the tree. With all the plastic blue and silver sparkling balls, silver and blue tinsel, blue lights there comes last the ornaments of yearly celebration. These ornaments are hand picked and special. These are special because each of our children receive an ornament on Christmas of something they personally accomplished that year or liked. It is grandmas job to hand select the item to become an ornament and place the name and date on the ornament of the child and pass it on as a gift.
Since last Christmas (2013) was the first Christmas for my twins these are the ornaments they received. Grandma hand painted Elizabeths’ to pink and white as they were originally a boyish color.
Xanders first ornament was this little frame, in which I placed his newborn photo (2012). The second ornament is special because Xander loved riding in his Cozy Coupe little tikes car that year as he began to walk (2013).
Nevaeh received a princess ornament last year (2013) and a ballerina in 2012 because she took dance.
I even received an ornament the year my hubby and I were dating/engaged (2009). After a child gets married the tradition breaks with that child and begins again with their children. Now since my hubby and I are married his grandmother no longer passes ornaments on to him, but my hubbies own mother (grandma) give ornaments to our children (her grandkids). Here are my hubbies years worth of ornaments since the time he was born in 1982:
Each of these ornaments tell a story about my hubby and I am so proud of all his accomplishments from soldier, handy man, dog owner, camper, weight lifter with a few of his favorite Disney characters thrown in as well.
I can’t wait to see what ornaments my children get as gifts this year. I thank the efforts of my mother-in-law (grandma) and great grandma for continuing this special and thoughtful tradition.
What traditions does your family do during the holidays?
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