Small Traditions: Christmas Ornaments

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Every year, or almost every, one of our Christmas traditions is to get each of the kids a new Christmas ornament. It could be $1.00. It could be $15 but we get them a new one each year except for the 2 that we just didn’t have money for any extras.

This year I did not think about ornaments until this week. Okay, who am I kidding? MOST years I forget until right before Christmas when there are obviously very few GOOD and INEXPENSIVE ornaments left. We have WalMart trinkets, Michaels arts and craft, and last year, my favorite year EVER, we bought ornaments for them at a Christmas shop in my favorite vacation spot – Cape May. Dave and I had a weekend away and spent an hour in that store looking for the perfect ornament for each kid.

For E who loves the Nutcracker and the Phillies -

fun ornaments

For K, our quirky silly dinosaur lover -

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For R, our not so graceful ballerina -

holiday traditionsI hope that someday when they are all grown up they put each of their ornaments on their OWN trees and remember the excitement of getting that new ornament every year. Now I need to start writing down whose is whose and when and where we got them. I don’t want to add the tradition of “Whose was this?” and “Where did it come from?”

What are some of your favorite holiday traditions?

Today I am linking up with my friends at Musings of a Housewife’s Ornament Show and Tell and  Frugal Local Kitchen.  Go check out more fabulous decorating ideas and traditions.

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  1. These are cute. Love the dinosaur. We usually try to buy a few ornaments every year too. They are usually very cheap, but always fun or pretty. I’m pretty much in love with my ornaments. :-)


    • I am too!! When we first started out, dirt poor and in college, we were handed down a ton of ornaments from all sorts of family. None family heirlooms or anything. All nice gestures though. I have finally been able to start culling out what I don’t care for as we build our own treasury. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Ooohhh – that’s a great idea about writing down whose ornament is whose! We’ve already had a few minor squabbles about which ornament belonged to which child.

    Love how you buy the ornaments to fit each individual child. Have a wonderful Christmas!!

    • EXACTLY!!! We made the mistake of not initialing the Christmas stockings. We were sure we would remember who had what. Sadly we don’t and it BUGS me lol. Have a wonderful Christmas also. Thank you for stopping by.

  3. That is so sweet! We’re doing the same thing for our young girls. I can’t wait to see their personalities emerge so that we can customize the ornaments even more.

    • Christmas is so fun with the littles innocent excitement. As they get bigger it is so fun to watch their personalities add to the holiday is all sorts of ways! Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful holiday.

  4. love the phillies ornament, i think we got one for my son last year

  5. very cute, I like ornaments from any where! the handmade ones are my favorite

  6. So fun! And yes, I have made notes on all of mine. And I already forget a few of them!! LOL. Thanks for linking up!

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