Monday, December 6, 2010

tree tradition.

We let the kids each pick out a new ornament for the
Christmas tree every year.
The kids get to pick out WHATEVER they want and
they get to put it WHEREVER they want on the tree.
I'm a little surprised how excited they get with this little tradition,
and I love that there is a little piece of them on the tree!

1. Eden picked out Hello Kitty
2. Tessa picked out a pink flamingo
(because nothing says "Merry Christmas" like a pink flamingo!)
3. Jonah picked out the silver trumpet-
I think he thought it would really work :)
4. Caleb picked out the gold star- it actually looks great on the tree!

And my contribution,
I purchased at Disney last week,
we have started buying a different ornament on each trip:

Do you have a fun tree tradition?


Chrissy said...

Love the ornaments! They are all very pretty!
We do the same thing, our daughter gets to pick one ornament of her own each year and she loves it as well!

bethzheart said...

My husband and I actually each had this same tradition growing up so we have a tree full of ornaments that represent our childhood memories. We continued the traditon for our girls. I love looking at our tree and remembering all of our past Christmas memories!

Kate said...

I have been purchasing an ornament on each vacation since I was about 11. I am now 25 and have a tree full of crazy, heavy ornaments. My husband says it looks wacky, but I think it has personality. YOUR TREE IS BEAUTIFUL! Have a Merry Christmas!!!!!!

Whitney said...

We have the same tradition with out kiddies. In the early years we pick for them something they are into... A 1st christmas ornament of course and then for instance when my oldest son was 2 he was REALLY into coloring so we found a perfect crayola ornament of a little bear coloring... but since then he's gotten to pick. This year it's buzz lightyear and also this year we get to start it with out newest baby boy. I love traditions & anything Christmas! And I really hope they carry it on with their children.

& I have to say I'm going to have to snatch the idea of getting ornaments when we go places :D

shana said...

we do an ornament each year for each kiddo (wehave6) with their picture on it. they love getting them out each year and looking at what they were like in years past. so fun!

PeaceLoveApplesauce said...

We have this same tradition!!

Katherine @ Grass Stains said...

My boys each get a new Star Wars ornament in their stockings each year, but my favorite tradition is the photo ornament I put on our tree each year for them. It's a tradition you can start any time, since you have the ornaments monogrammed. I didn't start until my oldest was almost 3 years old, but I just got the ornaments for his first 2 years monogrammed with the two prior years' dates, and went from there! You can see some of them on our tree here:

Heidi said...

We do the same thing with our kids and it cracks me up the things they pick!

Elizabeth said...

I'm with Tessa! One year we had our tree flocked red (well as red as we could get it, they tried 3 times!) and we covered it with pink flamingos! Homemade and store bought - it was a fantastic tree!

Marin D said...

I buy my girls at least one ornament each every year. They each have their own 3 foot tree that I decorate each year. They are still a little young to do it by themselves. But it has all of their my first Christmas ornaments and pictures on them. I also buy a new Disney ornament when we go to Disneyland. I didn't get to go this fall so my sister was picking me up something this weekend. I can't wait to see what she got me.

girl from florida said...

That's so fun! We buy ornaments from wherever we are stationed (we are a military family). We have gators, flip-flopped santas, rowboats... each of them is a happy memory.

I also have to say, I am a huge sucker for anything Disney (we live an hour away). I love that ornament!

Colleen said...

we make a picture ornament each year... times 3. all 3 are identical- one for our tree, one for the grandparents and one that I keep in a box for my daughter to take with her when she is grown (so she will have ornaments to start her own tree). then we all get to keep the memory!!

Colleen said...

we take a picture and make 3 identical ornaments each year. we keep one for our tree, one to give to grandparents and one to keep in a box for when our daughter grows up... she will have special ornaments to start her own tree.

Cindy said...

I get the hallmark ornaments every year, a son and daughter, then the collectible houses. I have been collecting them for 27 years now.

Cozyflier said...

The kids get ornaments from Santa in their stockings every year, and they decorate the tree each year. After 4 kids and 25 years of marriage (I too buy an ornament from each trip) we have quite a selection of ornaments. BTW, I was just looking at the Disney website and wanting that ornament! I love it! I'm a big Disney fan!

missmialynn07 said...

Cute ornament choices! My mom hides a pickle ornament on the tree every year...I never know when she puts it on! When I find the pickle, I get my Christmas pajamas :-)