What are your Christmas Traditions?
The weekend after Thanksgiving, my family enjoys the first of many Christmas traditions, decorating. The Christmas decorations came down from the attic and the Christmas tree goes up. My children and I get everything out and we begin to decorate our tree.
Tree decorating is as personal as you are. There are so many different options. You can choose a certain color scheme or theme:
Bright Pink and Green Blue Color: White and Silver
Theme: Country Handmade Ornaments and Candy Canes Theme: Candyland
How do you decorate your tree?
We go the memory lane and use a mixture of themed, vintage, and handmade ornaments. Some are old and some are new. All have a story attached to them.
Growing up, my brother and I always received a new Christmas tree ornament. It was either a beautiful handmade glass ornament or something to commemorate a special event that year. It was something to be cherished and saved to be hang up the following year. My mother saved all these ornaments. When I was married, she gave me a collection of Christmas tree ornaments for my new family tree. It was collection of cherished Christmas memories. There was a Baby’s First Christmas ornament from the day I was born, ornaments from places we’d been, and sports I’d played in school. It was all right there in the box. It’s a great tradition I’m happy to pass down to my children.
Here are a few that hold special memories; Trip to the Netherlands, First Christmas Together, Military Service, Disney, Texas saddle, handmade paint swirl (pink) etc.
Every year, my children and I sit down to craft new ornaments too. In year’s past we’ve made clay, cinnamon dough, faux stained glass, popsicle stick, and paint swirl glass ornaments. My children love pulling out these homemade ornaments and recalling when they were made. They love hanging them on the tree and telling everyone, “Look what we made!” It’s these little things that when you look back were really some of the “BIG Things” you’ll always cherish.
Faux Stained Glass Ornament
Paint Swirl Ornament and Hand Painted Snowflake
This year is no different than any other Christmas season. The kids are ready to sit down and craft away. They have found their ornament projects and they’re ready to go. Here are some of their project ideas. Many of them this year use recycled materials. My favorite is the cardboard igloo. What’s yours?
Christmas shouldn’t be about all the gifts you will receive or all the shopping you need to do. It should be about spending time with your family and making memories that will last a lifetime. What will you do to create new memories with them this year?