christmas traditions: ornament

my family has it's share of holiday traditions and now that stijn and i have our own little family i've been thinking a lot about which traditions i would like to keep and what traditions i may want to begin.

eleanor's first ornament

stockings are my favorite part of christmas at my parents house. my mom fills our stockings with what others may consider whole gifts. they usually contain some version of the following; a book or two, a dvd, socks, jewelry, always a toothbrush, and always our ornament. every year my mom buys us each an ornament. the idea being that when we grew older and into our own homes with our own trees we would have a box of ornaments to take with us. the best part of decorating a tree is opening that box of ornaments every year and remembering where each one came from. this was a tradition i always knew i wanted to keep for my own family and this year, for eleanor's first ornament, i ordered a little ceramic dish with her name and birthdate imprinted on it.

ornament from paloma's nest