I need to mention that I will be out and unavailable from December 9 until December 20. Most families have finished their holiday card, print, and product orders, but if you have any remaining items that you need before Christmas, please contact me before December 9th so I can take care of those orders.
And since I can’t ever do a blog post without at least a few pictures, let’s talk about Christmas ornaments!
This is a little tradition that I got from my parents and continues in my own family today:
Every year (all 15 Christmases that we’ve been together), my husband and I pick out a new ornament to put on our Christmas tree. It is “our ornament” for that year and we even label the bottom of it with our initials and the year we bought it.
It’s always fun to pull all of the ornaments out of their storage box each year and decorate the tree with them while remembering when we bought each one and why.
After we had kids, we added them into the Ornament Tradition mix.
Every year before Christmas, the kids each get to pick out an ornament — any kind they want — and we label the bottoms of each with their names and the year.
As they’ve gotten older, their tastes have changed, of course.
Although my son did pick out a really cute dartboard ornament this year, so I can’t complain too much.
We usually pick out our annual ornaments at The General Store in Minnetonka. It’s such a great place to get in the holiday mood. This year, we asked an unsuspecting passerby to snap our picture before we went into the store.
I know it’s not the best family snapshot ever taken, but it’s meaningful to me because of what it represents: the excitement of preparation that happens those last few weeks before Christmas, the comfort of family time, and new memories added each year to our own special tradition.
Our family’s tree isn’t expertly decorated, color coordinated, nor would it make it into a home decor magazine.
But we love it and it is perfect for us.
I hope your holiday preparations are going wonderfully and are filled with your own special traditions of comfort and happiness.