We have a few Christmas Traditions we observe as a family. One of my favorites is the day we go to the mountains to get our tree. This year was cut short little bit as we didn’t have a lot of time to get it done, but we still spent a great day in the mountains and we found a perfect tree. Closely related to getting our tree is decorating it. We make hot chocolate and decorate the tree. When we’re done decorating, we all snuggle down and watch a Christmas movie. This year it was How the Grinch Stole Christmas with Jim Carrey. Funny!
One other annual tradition is the new family ornament. Each year we get one new ornament for each of us that is specific to that year. Each ornament is labeled with the person’s name and the year. I am posting pictures of two of our most recent ornaments because I had to special order last years’ ornament and they didn’t arrive until after Christmas and never made it on the tree. Our tree is pretty eclectic – gold styrofoam stars, Santas from my trip to Haiti, Princesses from Disneyland, etc. There are lot of earthy/woodsy ones, but there’s some really quirky ones, too. You get the basic idea – if we’ve had a special event duirng the year, the ornament represents it, otherwise, it’s whatever we find that we really like.
This year I found these really quirky birds, and I immedately loved them. Usually I purchase a little higher quality ornament because it is ment to keep as memory; however, this year, they were very inexpensive. They have real feathers worked into their gold glitter covered styrofoam bodies. Very kitchy, but great anyway.
Last year we had this tiny little project we decided to undertake. It was just a little one, and it took just a little bit of our time, but I decided to commemorte it with an ornament anyway. Since we spent the greater part of the year building the TOD Family Dream Home, I scoured the Internet until I found the *PERFECT* ornament. It took forever (which is part of the reason they didn’t show up until after Christmas, but it was totally worth it! I found these great old-fashioned glass hammers. You can’t get much more perfect than that!
I just wanted to include a few pictures of some of my other favorite ornments. Sparkly icicles, moose & tree covered balls, pine cones, and – yes you’re seeing correctly – a moose using an outhouse. We have fishing and hunting ornaments, angels hand-crocheted by my Aunt Mary, tons of sparkly lights!
I love our tree – it’s just us!