Taking down a Christmas Tree is never as much fun as putting it up. I am usually ready for our main tree (we have 3 trees) to come down around New Year’s. Our family tree is a live tree so by New Year’s it is dropping needles and looking droopy. Even though this year’s tree is still looking good, it will still probably come down this weekend.
I bought my 1st Christmas Tree Ornament when I was 16 and that started my collection. My husband, Bill, has bought me an ornament every year of our married life, I have collected ornaments from places we have gone and many are gifts from special people in my life (my daughters, parents, and friends). One of our 3 trees is decorated with my ornaments – each one reminds me of the season of life I was then experiencing.
The Tree filled with my ornaments
The Tree filled with Snowman
So when Alycia, our first daughter was born, I started an ornament collection for her and continued to do so for Laryssa and Audrianna. I would pick an ornament for them when they were toddlers and after that they picked out their own. Needless to say, they have quite a variety of ornaments. One of our Christmas highlights would be revisiting each ornament as we decorated our Christmas Tree.
Each girl, had a notebook paper with her ornaments listed on it by year and where it came from. I started the list for them, but once they learned to write, they recorded the information. Part of the fun of opening their own ornament box, was seeing how their handwriting had changed. In many ways, this simple documentation records their childhood journey.
Handwritten ornament list
As we put up our family tree this year, Audrianna’s ornaments were the only ones left on our tree. Alycia and Laryssa have their own Christmas Trees to decorate with their husbands (and son for Laryssa). It meant so much to receive the photos of their trees and to see their ornaments decorating their trees.
Jason & Alycia’s 1st Christmas Tree
Josiah, Laryssa and Joey’s 1st Christmas Tree
And of course, I bought my new grandson, Joey, a Baby’s First Christmas ornament (with Pooh Bear on it – just like his nursery), to start a collection for him. His other Grandmother cross-sitched an ornament for him as well so his collection is started.
Joey’s 1st Christmas Tree
So as you take down your tree, have your children record their ornaments – who gave it to them, what year they got it, and in years to come you will remember the memories of your Christmas Celebrations.
To read more about our family ornament collection, visit:
Reflections from a Quiet Home http://sandrajo.wordpress.com/2008/12/01/refections-from-a-quiet-home/
My Daughter’s Tree http://sandrajo.wordpress.com/2008/12/09/my-daughters-tree/
Remembering all the blessings,