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When I was a small child, my mother came up with a great idea to help us all have more of the Christmas spirit. She bought us each miniature Christmas trees for our bedrooms. I often wonder if she had an ulterior motive, in that we were all more interested in decorating our own tree, and we left the big tree alone, but she's never answered that question for me. Regardless, we each had our own tree, and we each had our own very small box of ornaments. Every year, she would buy us an ornament to symbolize the past year. I was a pre professional ballet student, and so many of my ornaments have a ballet motif. The year that I began musical theater, she bought me an ornament to symbolize this. The year I got my drivers license my ornament was a car. She's kept this tradition all along, buying me an ornament each year. It's a tradition that I look forward to, and I've kept it going for myself.

When I moved out on my own, it was comforting to have my tree and a well established set of ornaments to decorate that reminded me of home. When we first married, we got an ornament to symbolize that. The first Christmas with our first child is symbolized by a yawning woman in a bathrobe holding a baby. This past year, I went to the Harley-Davidson school, and learned to drive a motorcycle. So this years ornament was, I'm sure you can guess, Harley-Davidson related.

In looking at my tree, I can look back and remember many many things from my life. There are coffee cup ornaments, football team ornaments, and ornaments that I bought for no other reason than that they were beautiful and spoke to me at that particular time in my life.

Several years ago, I bought small trees for my children's rooms. My children who are teenagers now haven't bothered to put their tree up this year, but I know they'll come back to it. Each of my children has their own box of ornaments, and they symbolize events in their lives as well. It's super fun to open the ornament boxes with them, and talk about the things that have occurred for them. The year my daughter went to occupational therapy, she got an ornament that looked like one of the toys that she finally mastered. It's a tradition that I hope and pray my children will remember their whole lives, and start with their own children.

It may be a silly, small thing, but to me, the Christmas tree is one of the best representations of our time together as a family.

What is your favorite Christmas tree ornament?


by on Dec. 12, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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by on Dec. 13, 2012 at 11:19 AM

We made handmade ones at school that we really liked.

by on Dec. 13, 2012 at 11:25 AM

I have two. My mother or grandmother bought this little mesauring cup ornament, ok its not really litle but anyway, it has a familyof mice that live in it, they are baking cookies and its very elaborate inside. It has a hole that you put a lite in and it lights it up. The 2nd is a snow flake, its put together of pieces of plastic that look like ice, its beautiful.

by on Dec. 13, 2012 at 11:37 AM

I do the same thing as buying something related to the year for each kid so I cant pick a favorite! 

by on Dec. 13, 2012 at 11:46 AM

That is such a cool idea!  My favorite ornaments are the ones that my kids make every year.

by on Dec. 13, 2012 at 11:48 AM

The ones for our children or the ones our children made. =)

by on Dec. 13, 2012 at 11:54 AM

the ornament my son made in his sunday school class =)

by on Dec. 13, 2012 at 11:57 AM
Any my kids made.
I have one with my step sons handprint. & one my dd made in school with her picture.
Love them both!!!
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by on Dec. 13, 2012 at 12:40 PM

I have a lot. Definitely the kids 1st ornaments are my fave. Plus homemade ones I bought from boutiques.

by on Dec. 13, 2012 at 1:13 PM

None right now we have pretty generic ornaments

by on Dec. 14, 2012 at 9:59 AM
My ds and dd first one
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