Thursday, November 29, 2018

The Strand Annual Ornament Unveiling

I think every year I've blogged about our Christmas ornaments for the year. Christmas in our house is a big deal and it's probably the only holiday that I go all out for. I really enjoy the insanity that December becomes. I love shopping Thanksgiving night, Black Friday, I love wrapping, I love getting cards out in the mail with our letter, I love the kids' holiday concerts at school, I love the tree, the decorations, the cookies, literally every single thing about Christmas is my favorite. The feeling I get during this season is something I wish I had the entire year. I feel like things would be a lot better if that were the case. 
 Our tradition has always been that the tree goes up on Black Friday. We all participate, we eat candy and leftovers, we watch The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, it's a big deal. This year I'm just so anti-Thanksgiving that we decided to put the tree up early. It's not a great photo, but you can see Lucy was here for it. She kept looking at the lights in amazement and looking at the rest of us, making sure we were seeing this too. It was pretty adorable. 
 New to our house this year was this Poppy Troll blow up for the yard. It was in the box but the girls BEGGED for us to open it and turn it on. They were loving it. 

Our tradition, as it has been since our very first Christmas, is that we buy one ornament that sums up our year, or that meant something to us. The very first ornament on our tree the very first year we spent Christmas together was a bulb that my Grandma Linda had hand painted with our names and year put on it. It's kind of bittersweet that her and Grandpa aren't here this year but such is life, right? 
 This year I bought an ornament from the "It's a Small World" ride at Disney. Of course I didn't go to Disney this year but I found it online and I had to have it. I think I bought it when there were talks of getting rid of that ride and it's my favorite so I wanted something to remember it by. 
Our family ornament this year is this beaded zebra. I bought him when we were at Kalahari in the Wisconsin Dells. We also went to Great Wolf Lodge in the summer but I already have a cool wolf bulb ornament from there. The zebra is very cool and it's as fragile as he looks, he's pretty sturdy! 

Then we also let the kids pick out an ornament each. The hope is that someday, when they go out on their own, I can hand them a box of ornaments so they'll have a little piece of home with them.  
 You can tell Lucy really took this seriously. 
Here are the 2018 selections. 
Jackson chose Harry Potter, Olivia chose Voldemort, Penelope chose a glittery roller skate, and Lucy chose Moana. (She struggled between Moana and Spiderman). The big kids were big into Harry Potter this year and I'm certain Penelope picked hers because it's shiny. She's like a squirrel in that way. 

So that's it. 
That's our tree. 

Every ornament has a meaning, and every meaning has a story. 


Lisa said...

How fun! I love collecting ornaments that have meaning. I have a box of ones that don't go on the tree anymore, but I can't possibly get rid of ones that were made in preschool (I even have one that *I* made in 1977!!

Your tree is beautiful, btw :)

lil desiqua said...

Aww, I love that every ornament has meaning and a story, and the idea of having a box of ornaments for each child for when they go off on their own! I usually try to pick up an ornament at new places I travel to as well, and have a few I picked just because they're shiny haha.

Midnight Cowgirl said...

I love the idea of picking an ornament that sums up the year!

Julie H said...

We used to do that when the oldest 2 were little then we couldn't afford the Hallmark ornaments much lol. We got a bit carried away with the series.

Shooting Stars Mag said...

I love that you had the kids pick their own ornament...I'm sure they'll love that when they get older and have their own tree. Yay for the older kids loving Harry Potter, and I love that Olivia chose a Voldemort ornament. :)


Why Girls Are Weird said...

Izzy and I exchange ornaments that we think sums up the year and it's pretty special to me. Sounds like your family have a lot of wonderful traditions <3

mypixieblog said...

Awww Sara, your tree is beautiful <3 I'm so sorry your grandma and grandpa aren't here this year to celebrate, but how wonderful that you have a hand painted ornament to remember them by. There's something so symbolic about putting the ornaments on the tree each year; I forget about some, get excited to see others, walk down memory lane with a few... it's a beautiful thing. I hope you and your littles have the bestest Christmas season ever. I love how seriously they took the ornament selection process :) XO