We used to always decorate the tree and play a CD of Christmas music. Well, last year we started playing one of our favorite movies "Elf"while we decorated. We can quote most of the lines of the entire movie.
This year while in the attic I discovered a "treasure" that I'll share with you in pictures :)
Here is a photo blog of some old and new traditions.
Note-I would like to
demandsuggest that you momma's mark the YEAR on crafts, cards, ornaments. I am so disappointed that many of the aforementioned items I have NO IDEA when my kids made them. Decorating sounds something like this: "AWWWW!! Here is an ornament you made some year at church (or school); you were a very talented artist at the age of 'I don't know'" :)
Here are a few of my favorite "crafty" ornaments made by my kids "some year" I don't know when. You may have my permission to copy them. Because they are great, priceless treasure in our home. They look easy to make.
It's her hand traced, painted, then donned with cotton.
This is an angel made with a spoon, wired ribbon, paper doily, gold pipe cleaner, and black marker. Amazing crafters I marvel at your creativity! An all-time favorite of mine!
I had the idea my first year of marriage to buy an ornament every year that would eventually make up the ornaments that the kids could take with them when they married. Well that was a nice dream! It happened the first year, then kaput! So as the girls got engaged I was like I better get on it and bought ornaments to begin their stash.
I gave each girl (and Hunter's for future) some of the traditional ornaments that are on our tree every year. The snowflakes, the crystal stars, and some other special things. This year our ornament was a carved wooden cross.
I expanded the tradition to include new baby grands! I got Zeke an ornament that will go on our tree and the same ornament for his tree. I imagine him coming to the house someday and scouring the tree looking for "his" ornament. Who knows it may be a dream, but I like the idea and will continue it with all future baby grands :) I have been looking for a "first ornament" for some time now and haven't found anything un-cheesy. Then walking out of the Cracker Barrel IT caught me. There it was, the theme for his baby shower, the gift we got him to play with as he grew, a treasure of our own childhood memories...
Well, I told you about "the treasure" I found in the attic lugging down all those Christmas decorations. I found our FAVORITE home movie! The "Girls" as teenagers made music videos and it was amazing! When we first turned it on "I cried" I know; for those that know me it is not a shocker. Seeing the girls, so young, and knowing the beauty of their lives now... just a tear jerker!
Well, when it got to their "RAP" Brit, embarrased, wanted to turn it off... this was the result...
Last year I made an album of "Christmas' Pasts" and it was a hit this year. Hunter didn't help decorate the tree for the longest time because he couldn't put it down.
Our newest tradition: THE JESSE TREE
How did I not know of this when they were young? Well thanks to some bloggy friends I now know. You may notice the former "Thankful Tree" doing new duty as "The Jesse Tree"
Thread by Thread
Babe of My Heart
The site that I found "parent devotions" that we are using for Hunter since he is 15. Parent Devotions @ Jesse-trees.com
To end, just to be funny... I wanted to share one last "from I don't know when" Christmas Card Brittny made "Some year" and though it is difficult to see:
- Dad is wearing a unitard with dark tights.
- She shows off my need for a new hairstyle so well.
- The girls are wearing high-heels.
- Brittny is buff!
- and our favorite (probably means something)
- Hunter has no hands!