On December 1st, I wrote about our holiday traditions - but mostly highlighted some of the ways we celebrate Christmas; such as visiting the local florist that decorates their windows and inside the store; or gathering after Christmas with those who couldn't be with us on Christmas Day - or even before Christmas, as we did this year for our Thanksgiving/Christmas. To read that post from December 1st, click here!
Today I want to share "things" - ornaments, holiday decorations, the tree...
Every year - when my children were younger - I would buy them each a new ornament for the tree. As the years went on, they would make ornaments, either at school, or church, or some other event; or we would pick out a new one together. Most years, if I remembered to do so, I would put their names and the year on the bottom of the ornament!
Years later, as they left home, married, had children of their own - they continue the tradition of buying (or making) a new ornament every year.
When I was cleaning out our decorations - I made sure they each received ornaments for their own collections! Downsizing from a four-bedroom/two-bathroom house to a two-bedroom/two-bathroom apartment makes you clean out as much "stuff" as you can; so my children each also had their pick of other items - like Christmas dishes, snowglobes, and other decorations.
My brother and sister-in-law gave me a two sets of Christmas dishes for a gift one year; I purchased two more sets so we would have a 12-piece serving. We used the dishes for many holiday dinners until we outgrew our home and needed to get rid of excess stuff...and they were then passed them to my oldest daughter (my youngest daughter received the china my parents bought from Bavaria - they agreed on their choices!!!).
This cute Nutcracker (the larger one) came all the way from Germany - back in 1973 when I traveled back to the USA with my 6-month old son. My youngest daughter, a music teacher, "borrowed" it Christmas to teach her students about the Nutcracker Ballet. She still displays it at her home, and teachers her own children now!
And this Santa, checking his list, is another decoration I found one year that my oldest daughter uses.
Hope you'll come back tomorrow to see the tree -
Linking up for Blogmas 2014