Oh this is such a fun topic! When my daughter was small I became very involved with Christmas ornaments. In fact I started making them for her. The first ones I remember making for her were crocheted Sesame Street Ornaments. I made a stained glass ornament set and even sewed a few Holly Hobby stuffed ones with lace for her also. From there, a new tradition started.
Each year at Christmas I would buy an ornament for each of the children that had something to do with them and that year. I can remember buying softball, cell phone, and car ornaments, among others. After the girls moved out I continued to buy them ornaments relating to their lives that year. About the time one was to be married, I decided it was time to box up their ornaments separately and I gave them to them each the following year before Christmas. A beginning collection of ornaments for their own trees. What they didn't know was I had secretly added ornaments for a few years also so there were some they had never even seen before. To this day I buy each one of the family a special ornament, grandchildren included. The ornaments go in their stockings every year. I have already bought all the ornaments this year and enjoy the fact that my grandchildren have a start on their ornament collection too.
I rarely buy myself ornaments any more. I was given many when we hosted Christmas parties for many years and I would receive them from work also. Not that I am no longer working, we will see how long it takes until I decide to buy myself an ornament!
Ornaments on my tree include Harley riding Santas, golf related Christmas balls, reindeer, bears, angels and Mr. and Mrs. Claus of all types. I have a few very special ones on my tree related to career, boating and being a grandparent. I also have some very special ornaments that friends have given me.
Ornaments are my weakness, especially when there is meaning behind them. Watch out if there is a Christmas store in town, anyone who knows me well at all, knows I HAVE to stop to check out the ornaments!
Now that I think about it, I actually already bought some stuff to make special ones for my family next year! What I am missing however is an ornament from an ancestor. I sure wish I had one.
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