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December Means Christmas, Family, and Tradition

We finally put up the tree this weekend. I try each year to get it up during the Thanksgiving holiday. Until a couple years ago I always succeeded. Now it seems there is always something else that needs to be done. My husband put it together for me, I fluffed out the branches, and we set to decorating it. Our tree is starting to age and may be ready to retire soon. My husband saw a beautiful tree while shopping this weekend. I’m not quite ready for the splurge but maybe I will get lucky after the holidays.

One of my family Christmas traditions is ornaments. When I was a little girl my grandmother would buy my sister and I an ornament each year. When she passed away my father stepped in and bought us one to carry it on. When I was pregnant with my first child I told my mother I really hoped she would continue the tradition and purchase an ornament for my own children. I had no doubt that my mother would carry on the tradition. So each year my children receive an ornament from their grandmother. We mark each ornament with a letter (child’s name) and the year. When they leave our house and have their own Christmas they will have a set of ornaments to adorn their tree. My Christmas tree has all the ornaments my grandmother gave me dating all the way back to the 1970’s.

Here are a few of my favorite ornaments. You can tell the ones from my grandmother the wooden girls on the swing (my all time favorite) and the birdhouse (that needs a little repair). The Santa playing Trivial Pursuit was given to me by my mother, it is one of my favorite games. Others are ornaments as a memorial to my father and stepfather who passed in 2008 and 2005 (respectively). I have several ornaments throughout the tree that mean something. So each year as we break open the boxes and decorate the tree each tiny ornament holds so many memories. It is one of my favorite times of the year.

Do you have any holiday traditions? Traditions you hope to pass down to your own children?

About Colleen Shibley

Colleen Shibley Mother to 3 kids, wife to an awesome & thoughtful husband, beach lover, book reader, working woman by day, and blogger by night. Blogging from sunny South Florida passionate about travel, good food, entertainment, and enjoying family time...[Read More...]


  1. We have special ornaments that we have bought for each other identifying each persons personality. We enjoy putting them up every year.

  2. JoeyfromSC says:

    I LOVE your family traditions & your tree/ornaments!

    We always have alot of handmade ornaments from my brothers & myself that my Mom kept for many years! I also STILL make my brothers(I raised them after our Mom died) a stocking..Well, I help Santa;) haha

    I think you are never too old for a stocking! I also get them the Lifesavers Storybook every year because that’s what my Mom did! thanks for sharing your traditions!

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