So much of the joys of the holidays stem from the traditions that anchor us and help us relive past holidays. As a family, we have made several traditions over the past 20 years:
In addition to those listed above, we have one more Christmas tradition. I’m not sure when this tradition started, but for many years my mom has placed a small wrapped gift on each of our Christmas Eve dinner plates. Inside each box is an ornament that chose because of its significance to the recipient. The opening of the gifts is a very methodical process, each of us watching as an ornament is unwrapped. The conversation then turns to why this ornament is perfect for the person who just received it.
Several years back, I jumped in and started doing the same thing, but my ornaments have been gifted at Christmas morning breakfast. Not only did I want to enjoy the fun of finding the perfect ornament for each family member, but I wanted mom to have an ornament that she didn’t have to pick out for herself.
I’m so excited about the ornaments that I found for this year…I bought them a couple of days after Christmas last year and have been chomping at the bit since then to see everyone’s face when they open their ornament. #bestChristmasOrnamentsEVER! I think my giddiness over these ornaments this year is what prompted me to make these little bags to give them in. After I made my snowflake napkins, the red snowflake thing has become the ‘theme’ of my Christmas breakfast table and these bags fit in perfectly with the Snowflake plan.
The ornaments are already in the bags (Kate did this when she was home for Thanksgiving, except for hers of course) and they are ready for Christmas morning.
I love that when my children set up their homes, they will have a collection of ornaments that were picked out especially for them over the years.
Are you dying to see the ornaments and know why they are so special this year? I can’t tell you because my mom reads my blog! (‘Hi Mom!’)
I’d love to hear your Christmas traditions! It’s never too late to start a new tradition in my book, so please share them.
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