Christmas Ornament Traditions

With Christmas right around the corner, many families are busy hanging stockings, trimming the tree, and dashing around more frantically than Santa’s reindeer trying to get all the gifts bought, wrapped, and under the tree. However, with all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it can be easy to forget to make time to make new traditions or celebrate old ones with friends and family. One easy yet meaningful way to start new family traditions during the holidays is with ornaments for your Christmas tree. Here are a few ways to gather a collection of tree trimmings that are sure to bring a smile to your face year after year.

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1. Collect vacation ornaments

Do you and your family take a trip each year? Whether you’re at the beach, the mountains, or in the big city, pick out an ornament for your Christmas tree everywhere you go. This will bring back fun memories of family vacations each year as you place them on the tree, and makes a “Christmas tree scrapbook” of all of your adventures.

2. Add a few homemade treasures

If you and your children have a knack for crafts, make a homemade ornament together each year. A quick Pinterest search should bring up plenty of ideas! These ornaments may turn out to be a little lopsided, but they will definitely add charm to your tree.

3. Commemorate your kid’s hobbies and achievements

If your child participates in an extracurricular activity, such as dance, gymnastics, or sports, have them pick out a coordinating ornament. For example, if your daughter loves her ballet classes, find a ballerina ornament, or if your son is a star soccer player, find an awesome soccer ball to hang on the tree.

4. Place a photo ornament on the tree each year

Each year, add an ornament with your child’s photo to the tree. This can be homemade, and many times kids will make them at school! This is a great way to see how your child has grown over the years and remember past Christmas experiences.

Do you and your family have any special Christmas ornament traditions? Please share them with us below!