Do you have favorite traditions? We do. They change a little over time, but some stay….share some of yours. Here is one of ours.
Add one new ornament to the tree each year. I grew up on a dairy farm, and my mom had arthritis and degenerative disks in her back from age 30. The tree was it for us, and that made it special. She started the adding of an ornament when I was small, probably as a budget device. As a preschooler I remember cutting out things from the catalog for the ornaments. I still have one ornament from that era. I was three and I remember her opening the package…I was enthralled. Every year I looked for those and put them on the tree. When the time came to have my own home and Christmas tree, that was the ornament I asked for…
It’s in pretty bad shape really, but I still love that little guy/girl elf thing! Move on a few years, and the tradition has morphed into memories…we have ornaments to recall the birth of each girl, family trips, photo ornaments commemorating special events, gifts from piano students, representations of special pets, etc. some of those, only we could love! But we do!
Finally, there’s a batch of family ornaments that we have made over the years, and I think those are my all time favorites. The paper cross stitch I did as a new bride, the fabric cross stitch, the crocheted heart, a hardanger diamond, and lately some knitted mittens and stockings. The girls have contributed too, Emily and her beadwork, and Amanda and her imagination.
Here’s a few that you might enjoy…now tell me about yours!