I love ornaments, and I have so many favorites that my grandchildren have made for me. Every year as I unpack them, I let my mind think back to wonderful times and beautiful celebrations.
When Neal and I got married, we started a silver jingle bell ornament collection. Since we were married on December 23, these bells are a treasured Christmas keepsake. The night we married, we gave each of our kids and grandchild a silver snowflake to remember our special night as a family. Every year we add another dated bell to our tree. I hope we live long enough to see a tree covered in silver jingle bells, commemorating our anniversary.
This year I gave two newlywed couples a silver bell to hang on their tree for their first Christmas together—something you may want to consider starting for a new grandchild or new member of your family. If you paint or sew, you could also make dated ornaments for them.
I love passing down ornaments, too! My son Brian has two of my grandmother Norton’s ornaments that hung on her tree when I was a little girl. They are faded and exude years of love packing and unpacking them. I was so happy he wanted them, and he will be the fourth generation to hang them on the tree every year.
I could write forever about ornaments, as they usually tell stories of special times in our lives.
Please tell me about your favorite ornaments that you collect.
During this beautiful season, I wish you love and joy. You are special to me, and as we celebrate this season together, know you are treasured.
What’s your favorite Christmas ornament?