Do you have any traditions with your Christmas tree ornaments?
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Posted: 1/4/2013 3:22:35 AM
We started our grandson years ago with an ornament marking something that happened that year.

He has fishing lures made as an ornament for the year he caught his first fish. Snoopy and a campfire (it sits on a light) marked our first Boy Scout campout with him.

Some years it was a book we enjoyed (Hop on Pop) and then that evolved into Star Trek and movies (Hallmark is great for those).

This year he started cooking for us on his own and we found a cute ornament of a measuring cup with utensils in it.

He unpacks his own box every year and puts it on our tree. I enjoy seeing his eyes light up as he recounts the story behind each one. He knows that (growing) box of ornaments will be one of his wedding gifts one day. His wife will receive his scrapbooks!

What are yours?


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Posted: 1/4/2013 3:23:10 AM
(Can you tell I'm all sappy from taking the tree down today?)


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Posted: 1/4/2013 6:24:42 AM
Oh yes! Our tree tells our life story (well, almost). We have ornaments from our travels and interests. For example: my son is 27 yrs old. When he was away at college or later away in the Air Force I was never sure exactly what time he would get home on leave, etc. So 1st night home we always had hotdogs because I could have them ready quickly after he got home (plus, he loves hotdogs). So, we have a hotdog ornament. He is now in law school and we have ornaments for 1st and 2nd year law students and already have one for when he will be a 3rd yr student as well. He brought back ornaments from Iraq and every place he has been stationed. My Mother started his collection of Star Trek ornaments the 1st year Hallmark came out with them. There's enough of them now to warrant their own tree but they still go on our tree. I get all sentimental every year seeing all the ornaments and the memories they bring back.

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Posted: 1/4/2013 6:39:10 AM
We do something similiar. Each of my dd has a large bucket of ormanents that we have gathered along our adventures. The day I take the tree down I take pictures of the new ornaments, and have a little scrapbook about where they came from! When my girls have their own trees they can start with a box of memories

I too find taking down the tree a time of reflection!

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Posted: 1/4/2013 6:43:38 AM
We let the kids pick out a new ornament each year so we have those. I also grab an ornament wherever we travel so we have those too. Add the kid made ornaments and DH's and mine from when we were little and our tree is quite the potpourri.

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Posted: 1/4/2013 7:34:11 AM
I've posted this story a few times, but I'll share again!

We lost my Dad in February of 2005. His favourite time of year was Christmas - especially with the grandchildren around. So as the holidays approached, I wanted to start a Hallmark series (and wanted it to be one of their newest ones so I wasn't missing any). As luck would have it, just the year before, they had started their Father Christmas ornament series. I was able to find the first year on eBay, and have purchased them every year since. We hang all the past years on the tree, and then on Christmas Eve we hang the new one in memory of Dad. I have one for his last Christmas with us, and one for every year he has been gone. They are my favourite ornaments, and I get excited each year to see what the new Santa looks like!


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Posted: 1/4/2013 7:39:54 AM
When DS was small he was very into vehicles of all kinds. So we have a transportation-theme tree: Santa in a roadster, woody station wagon, rocket ship, submarine, biplane, school bus, motorcycle, sailboat, etc. etc.

As he's gotten older, we've incorporated other interests such a Darth Vader and Yoda ornaments. Typically I'll also buy him an ornament every year--this year was a Boston Red Sox ornament.

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Posted: 1/4/2013 7:42:41 AM
I have old school Strawberry Shortcake ornaments on my tree. They represent my Memere. She made me some awesome Strawberry Shortcake dolls and aprons when I was girl so it really makes me think of her. I'd really like to complete the collection since I think I missed a few when Carlton or Hallmark was doing the series. I was heartbroken when they stopped making these ornaments. I'd like to find a strawberry like she had on her tree... but I've never found one. Someday I'm sure I'll find one.

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Posted: 1/4/2013 7:45:50 AM
A give each daughter a new ornament every year. It's kind of random, in that I just kind of "know" it's the right ornament when I find it. This year I cut it close. Didn't find "the one" until after December 1st!

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Posted: 1/4/2013 7:49:58 AM
We don't have kids, but DH and I get the yearly Swarovski ornament and have one for each year that we've been married (since 2002).

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Posted: 1/4/2013 7:51:54 AM
I started my kids on Hallmark ornaments when they were infants. After a time, there were some years they didn't come from Hallmark but they got a new ornament from elsewhere. Once we got the first 5 years of the "set" that you start, I then bought ornaments that reflected their interest at the time. So we have a Veggie Tales ornament and a Blue's Clues ornament.

This year, my daughter fell head over heels in love in the "Avengers" movie. I was thrilled when I found the Captain America ornament at Hallmark. In gift exchanged on her dorm floor, she got the Iron Man ornament to match it. She was thrilled.

For my son, we had just seen "The Hobbit" together and he really enjoyed it. My daughter was going out shopping and I asked her to look around for an ornament for him (as I hadn't gotten one yet and I was sick and likely not to get out before we decorated the tree). She found a Gandalf ornament in Hallmark. He too was thrilled.

When they leave home, they will get all their ornaments for their own house/tree.


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Posted: 1/4/2013 7:56:46 AM
Many years ago when DH and I first started dating, we went to a holiday party at the home of one of his friends. His mother was a school teacher and she had 2 huge trees in her house. I was admiring the various ornaments on the trees and she walked up and started talking to me about them. Literally - she could tell me a story about each and every ornament on the trees.

I thought that was really cool, and when we got married I started doing that too. when I had DS, I started getting an ornament each year that sorta reflected what was going on with him during that year. I happy to say that I could make our friend's mother proud - I can tell you a story about each and every ornament on my tree.

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Posted: 1/4/2013 8:43:35 AM
I pick out an ornament for each kid that represents something they are really interested in to represent that year. We haven't done a lot of big things with them (they're toddlers), so for now it's their favorite things/shows. This year was a Cinderella ornament for our daughter, because she is her absolute favorite, and she loves all things princess at the moment. Our son got a Mater ornament, because he is OBSESSED with Cars. Plays with them every single day. It's cute.

We also have a family ornament made at that little kiosk at the mall every year.

I can't wait until they start school and start making Christmas ornaments there (hopefully they will still do that!).

I should have thought to get ornaments from our St. Thomas trip this past year. Don't know what I was thinking!


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Posted: 1/4/2013 10:13:31 AM
my BF's grandma used to give him an ornament every year when he was growing up...

Since we've been together, I've morphed that tradition somewhat, and now we try to buy or make an ornament sometime during the year that represents someplace we've gone or something we've done. A few years ago we were in Las Vegas for the weekend, and we found an ornament, we visited Bisbee, AZ (copper-mining town) so I bought a copper chili-pepper ornament that year, etc. It makes decorating the tree a lot of fun.

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Posted: 1/4/2013 10:24:02 AM
We buy an ornament every year.

- handmade ornament from a craft fair we attended on our honeymoon
- wiener dog ornament bought at a little shop on our first anniversary trip
- Alabama Snowman ornament to mark the first college football game we attended
- Wooden star ornament the first time I took my husband to Germany
- Doghouse frame ornament from our first year in our own house
- One from our trip to Prague this year (one of the pictures we took etched into a glass snowflake)
- GRINCH ornament the year that DH was unemployed at Christmas


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Posted: 1/4/2013 10:36:37 AM
I buy an ornament every year for my kids still (25 & 21)My husband and I have ornaments from our childhood as well. On a sidenote my friends daughter is getting married in March. She hosted an ornament shower for her daughter, we all brought an ornament. It was such a wonderful idea! I remember husband and I were married in November and our first tree was the saddest looking thing ever.

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Posted: 1/4/2013 10:58:13 AM
I love reading other people's ornament stories. Thanks for the thread!

I remember getting Hallmark ornaments for my DD while she was growing up that she took with her when she married. But I've long since stopped getting Hallmarks and only purchase an ornament if I really like it or find it unusual. But I do have ornaments given to me from friends, some handmade and some not, that I enjoy putting on the tree each year as they remind me of the ones who had given me the ornaments. That said, I have more ornaments than I actually use and need to go through them and do some purging.

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Posted: 1/4/2013 6:56:18 PM
I love reading these stories!


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Posted: 1/4/2013 7:03:41 PM
Every year since my boys were 3 and 1 they pose for a photo in front of the fireplace that I use in Christmas cards. I get them in wallet size, and I put one in a frame ornament that I hang on the tree.

I have been doing this photo op for 19 years, so there are 19 photo ornaments on the tree.

All of my ornaments mean something to someone in my family, mostly to me, but when the boys have their own place someday they will have a nice box of their own ornaments to take with them. I just hope they don't marry someone who wants all red balls or something so that the ornaments can be enjoyed.

Interestingly, I collect antique and vintage ornaments, but there are none on our family tree. I often put up 3 or 4 that were on my tree as a child, but my ornaments in my collection all go on trees in a museum display or if I don't select them for the exhibit they just stay in the storage boxes.

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Posted: 1/4/2013 7:09:52 PM

We don't have kids, but DH and I get the yearly Swarovski ornament and have one for each year that we've been married (since 2002).

This year my mom and I were in the Swarovski store in Vienna, Austria and we picked up the ornament, but decided against it. Now I wish we had bought it!

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Posted: 1/6/2013 10:53:14 AM
For my son we pick an ornament that has something to do with his year. First time riding a bike, learning to read, saxophone, piano, swim team.... But my favorite is for his first year. His preemie booties knitted by his grandmother. I also place a tag on each one with the year and noting why we chose that one.


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Posted: 1/6/2013 11:07:04 AM
When I was growing up, my mom would only allow blue balls (don't laugh) on her tree. None of our handmade ornaments from school or Girl Scouts ever made it to the tree, but when I left home, she wouldn't give me the handmade ones. Why, I don't know.

So, our first few married Christmases, our tree was pitiful sad. When we started having our children, Santa brings them an ornament each year, often related to something they experienced during the year. Each child has their own ornament storage box so that when they leave home they will have a good start on a tree filled with memories.


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Posted: 1/6/2013 12:15:35 PM
Several in fact:
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Photos of everyone, including dogs.
Something about "The Current Year"

This year the tree was pretty bare except for "shatter resistant" because of a new puppy and a toddler in the house.

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Posted: 1/6/2013 2:18:29 PM
I started picking up ornaments before DH & I got married. So all of them have some type of sentimental value. When the kids were real little, I'd pick out an ornament that showed what they were into (Barney, Cat in the Hat, etc). When they got a little older, we started making a tradition where we'd take them to the store to pick out their own ornament each year, showing something they liked or were into. And I always make at least one photo ornament of them every year (I started doing that when DD#1 was born).

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Posted: 1/6/2013 3:11:48 PM
Yes and it's one of the most special parts of our Christmas for me. Each child gets an ornament that signifies something important to them. Sometims it's something they are into right then (Lego Star Wars) or an accomplishment (base drum when ds went to state with the marching band).

Dd got engaged in October. Her fiancé said he knew if he didn't get her anything else for Christmas, he had to get an engagement ornament for her to "start things off right." Love it!


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Posted: 1/6/2013 3:46:57 PM
My husband and I buy a heart ornament each year. We trade off years, unless we forget who bought the year before and then we pick one out together. Each ornament is labeled with the year and if something big happened, we include that. For example, the ornament from the year we were married is labeled "first married Christmas," and the ornament from the first year we were in our home is labeled "first Christmas in our own home." It's always fun to remember who bought which ornament and we love them.


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Posted: 1/6/2013 4:39:19 PM
Each year dd picks out a new ornament and I write the year on the bottom. When she leaves home she will get a box with all her ornaments in it. Then she will have some to decorate her tree with. My mom did this for me and I will do it for all our children.



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Posted: 1/6/2013 5:08:17 PM
The company my husband used to work for, always gave each employee one of the official White House ornaments every year. They are beautiful.
My husband no longer works for that company, but I still buy one of the White House ornaments every year and I hang them from the greenery on my fireplace.
Here are a couple of pictures:

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