One thing I just love about Christmas is all the warm memories associated with the season for me. A huge part of those memories involves traditions.
Traditions about the tree and decorations, traditions about the ornaments we get each year, and traditions even about who does what. For example, only Mommy gets to put the lights on the Christmas tree. My mom did that growing up, and now both my sister and I do that in our homes.
When ornaments go on the tree next, there is a story behind them all. We have a tradition of giving each member of the family an ornament each year – often purchased during the year and not at Christmas time.
The kids like to ask “What does this ornament stand for?” and hear the story about each one. They get to hang their own ornaments and they get to watch us hang ours. But it is an activity that stirs a lot of conversations and story-telling.
This is an ornament that Evan made when he was just over a year old. It’s cool to see him compare his hand size now with his handprint on the ornament. And my how that sweet baby boy has grown!
This precious ornament is from my birth year. My mom gave them to the three older kids one year and I always loved seeing these on the tree. Now that Robby, Tamara, and I have homes of our own mine is the only Waterford on the tree. Ones of these days, I’ll have to save up and try to buy my kids’ birth years. So gorgeous.
Sidney was given this Hallmark keepsake ornament the year before Evan was born, while I was pregnant, as a Father’s Day present. It was so memorable and meaningful. He says it is his favorite ornament of all time.
Sidney hanging one of our favorite ornaments. I love this man more every year and am blessed to have him as the father of my children.
This year we picked up this ornament at a Christmas shop this summer when we were taking a road trip. It’s rare to see an ornament big enough to be personalized with everyone in our entire family! So this will be an awesome addition to our tree this year.
This post was my December, 2012, post for Hallmark’s Life is a Special Occasion campaign and I’m so grateful to be able to bring you these glimpses into our life and family happenings. How do you celebrate Christmas? Do you have family traditions and a way to build memories year after year?