I hope you are not tired of family traditions or craft posts yet! This is one of my favorite family traditions.
Every year at Christmas, everyone in the family on my dad’s side receives an ornament. The ornaments are all handmade by someone in the family – usually my 3 aunts (the sisters). The tradition started in 1977, when one of my aunts gave everyone a pair of socks and a little gift. The family has gotten MUCH bigger since then, and the ornaments have gotten craftier. Here are all the ornaments I had before this last Christmas:
A few haven’t held up over the years, so I’m missing a few, but you get the gist of it. There’s a lot of knitting, cross-stitching, and lately, stamping. Occasionally, someone else joins in the fun of making approximately 40 ornaments, and gives my aunts a break. My uncle and aunt who made my wooden calendar made the little wooden birdhouses and a cousin made the wooden stocking cutout and stamped the dominoes (the tree in the lower corner). I helped with the long skinny Santas, which is how and when I learned to cross-stitch.
It’s always a big secret about what the ornament is for the year. I felt really honored to get to know when I was helping with the skinny Santa. Whoever hosts Christmas gets to display all of the ornaments. This is a pic from the year my parents hosted Christmas.
This is such a fun tradition because it’s gone on for so long. I love having so many ornaments, and they have a lot of meaning. Each year my Christmas tree is basically full just from family ornaments. I love it!