The Christmas season has fully arrived at our house. We have spent the last week bringing out the Christmas decorations, watching Christmas movies, and beginning our celebration of Advent.
I am all about Christmas traditions that keep the magic in Christmas, celebrate the true meaning of Christmas, and keep me within my budget!
Family Christmas Tree
We love to cut down a real tree each year. There’s just something so “traditional” about it. We head out to the tree farm, select just the right tree, and cut it down ourselves. Firecracker is now able to help Daddy-O a little in cutting down and carrying the tree. He is growing up too fast!
Perhaps you have an artificial tree, that’s great! There are advantages to both.
And if money is tight this year, be creative. Use what you have on hand and try second-hand shops. I have even seen some trees available on Freecycle this year.
A Christmas Tree for Each Child
Each of our kids have a small Christmas tree in their rooms, which may seem like a luxury to some, but it really hasn’t been a big investment. The one in Firecracker’s room was Daddy-O’s tree long before we got married. I have no idea how old that tree is, but it has stood the test of time, and a little boy, fairly well.
Ladybug’s tree is a small little tree that I purchased several years ago. She is not ready for anything larger in her room yet. It’s enough just trying to keep her from taking all the ornaments off of our family tree!
Goldilocks has a white feather tree decorated with hot-pink that we got for her several years ago. It matches the decor in her room and she leaves it up all year long.
We have acquired our trees over the years. If you want to do this for your kids, be creative and see what you have on hand. You could also snag some good deals right after Christmas for next year.
Family Photo Ornaments
My favorite ornaments on our tree are the photo ornaments that I make every year from a family photo. Not only do we enjoy these ornaments, but our guests enjoy looking at them as well.
I haven’t made one this year yet, but that’s on my to-do list for this week. There are many tutorials for DIY photo ornaments on Pinterest. The photo frame ornaments that I have found at the stores seem to have such a small window for the frame that I want to do it myself this time. You can do this fairly inexpensively as long as you have a family photo to work with.
Ornaments for Each Child
Each year I let the kids select one new ornament to add to our collection. One day, when they have their own homes, we’ll give them the ornaments for their own Christmas trees. I encourage them to pick an ornament that in some way reflects their current interests or activities, but I let them choose something they are happy with. It’s fun to reminisce as we pull out these ornaments each year.
They also have the crafty ornaments that they make at preschool, homeschool co-op, and at home.
This is a fun, relatively inexpensive, and long-lasting tradition that you could easily start for your children.
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What Christmas traditions do you have that last year after year?