In my family, it's tradition for each child to pick out a new Christmas ornament each year. My parents started this tradition because when they were newlyweds, they had no ornaments for their first tree, and no money to buy any, so they had to make their own. (Which I think is a neat story anyways, but that's not the point here.) Their thinking was that if the kids collected a new ornament every year, when they were out on their own, they'd have a good start to filling their own trees with ornaments. And as an adult, it's been fun for me to look back over my childhood ornaments- I have everything from a Wonder Woman ornament to a couple of Victorian ones. The phases of my life are represented in ornaments. :)
We've carried on the ornament-a-year tradition with our kids. Last year, I had a dose of inspiration as to how I wanted to record who got what each year. I bought two small Christmas photo albums- the ones that are just the size of 4x6" photos. Each year, I'm taking a picture of my children holding their ornament, and on the back of the photo, I'm jotting notes about why they chose that ornament, where we found it, etc.
Works for me! Check out more WFMW ideas over at Rocks in my Dryer!
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