We have a Christmas tradition in my family that I love.
Each year my parents give each of us kids a new Christmas ornament.
It starts the year we're born and, well, they're still doing it.
My mom is always really good about tagging each ornament with the owner's name and the year it was given.
Her big secret is...
...using sticky labels. She just buys labels (similar to these), writes on them, cuts them to the size she wants, and then folds them around the ornament string. Simple and effective. I don't think I've had a single one fall off yet. Which means they've been holding strong for at least 25 years now.
Of course, writing on the back with a permanent marker is an easy solution too.
But a permanent marker wouldn't exactly work on something like this little feathery friend.
Part of the reason I've always loved this tradition is because ornaments are so easy to make or buy.
And there are ornaments for everything under the sun.
But the other great reason I love this tradition is because, with only one or two ornaments each year, by the time you grow up and move out, you have enough to fill your own Christmas tree!
Although we're celebrating our 4th wedding anniversary next month, this is the first year since we've been married that Bryan and I have had a full-size Christmas tree. And it's so fun to already be able to fill it with ornaments!
But what I love most is that this tree is filled with 25 years of Christmas memories.
And those are memories I'll cherish for years and years to come.
Olivia's favorite part, on the other hand, is pushing the little bear in the swing.
Over and over and over again.
And ringing all the bells and touching everything she can get her hands on.
Luckily she's a good girl and she's really gentle with the ornaments.
That, and, ya know, all the breakable ones are at the top where she can't reach them.
Do you have Christmas ornament traditions?