Every family has a their own holiday traditions. As the month of December gets started around our home, these traditions roll in with the Christmas tree.
When my husband and I began our lives together, we didn’t have much. Both of us agreed we didn’t want a Christmas tree covered in random ornaments bought at the local department store. I had a few glass balls from my Great Grandmother, and a few from my childhood. That first year, we went and each chose one ornament we felt was significant to us that year. Our tree was not one that was picture perfect for a magazine, but each ornament on there had a story and we loved it.
Each year since, our family has continued the tradition of adding an ornament for each family member. We each choose one that has meaning to us that year. Our Christmas tree has filled up over the years. Now it is splendidly full of all the personality our family brings.
Another holiday tradition for our family is making our own ornaments. Each year when my children were growing up, we would make a set of ornaments. We made clay candy canes, yarn weaving on toothpicks, paper chains and snowflakes, and so many others. One of my favorites was the decoupage ornaments that we made a few years ago. I went to the local second hand store and purchased a few glass ball ornaments that had seen better years. The color was chipped and coming off. Most of them were missing their tops. More than a few of them had cracks and chips in the glass. Paintbrushes in hand with Modge Podge and Christmas fabric, my children and I recycled the old ornaments into something new and beautiful.
Every holiday season, I love hearing my children dig through the ornament bins to find the ones they picked or made. Each ornament hung in just the right place for them. When they are ready to have their own Christmas trees, I will go through and pack up their own decoration set to start them off. Passing on the tradition of a Christmas tree decorated not just in pretty ornaments, but in memories too.
If you are interested in trying out the decoupage ornaments, I wrote up a DIY tutorial over on DIY Craftz recently. They are super fun to make! Just enough messy for the kids to really have fun, pretty enough to enjoy for years to come, and easy enough for the whole family to make their own.