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Friday, December 17, 2010

What's Christmas without Decorations?!

One thing I love about Christmas is the traditions that are born and remain for years to come. My parents began a Christmas tradition for each of the six children in my family that included collecting a Christmas ornament series. Many series of ornaments offered (through Hallmark) generally don't last but more than five to ten years. The series that my parents began for me, however, has been continuing for 27 years with no current plans to retire. (They really picked a good one for me!) My collection is the Nostalgic Houses and Shops series. This is a very beautiful, very detailed series. Below are a couple pictures of this series. Being that I love traditions, as previously mentioned, I decided that we could also continue this tradition down to our children. Ava may not understand traditions this early in life, but hopefully one day she will be able to appreciate it as much as I do... and possibly even share it with her little ones.

We picked up this ornament in August of this year from our trip to Oahu, Hawaii. It gets me in the mood for their fresh, juicy pineapples! YUM!

The first of my house collection. (1984)

The 27th of my house collection. (2010)

Ava's 2nd in her series of "A Visit from Santa"

Of course Christmas decorating is always more fun with cookies baking and holiday music!

I had to show off our tree, which has, in the past, come to be known as our "Whooville tree" from its tall, skinny characteristics. And I don't think I've ever been able to get the star in the middle!

What holiday traditions do you and your family celebrate?! Are there any you would want to begin on your own to share with generations to come?!


  1. I love family traditions! My mom was really good about establishing traditions; we had lots of them around Christmas.

    One that I'm starting this year with my family, even though my twins are too little to appreciate it, is ordering Chinese take-out on Christmas Eve. My husband and I both love Chinese food and don't order it often, so it's a treat and I'm looking forward to it becoming something that our family does every year!

  2. That sounds like a very yummy idea! I have a feeling your little ones will soon grow to appreciate that tradition!

  3. I'm o.b.s.e.s.s.e.d. with traditions! Love them. For Christmas, we have quite a few...
    -I make monkey bread on Christmas mornng
    -We pick up ornaments from places we go throughout the year
    -We read the Christmas story from the Bible before we open the presents.
    -Jesus gets a birthday cake and we all sing happy birthday to Jesus. Brody will be blowing out the candle this year!
    -And our newest tradition is Elf on the Shelf. So much fun for Brody right now. :) Ava would love it too, I bet!

  4. Lauren,
    How fun! Those all sound like sweet things to continue each year... especially the monkey bread ;) I'm sure Ava would love the elf on the shelf too. Perhaps Santa will have to bring her one!


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