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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. Your tree is beautiful! We always try to get ours set up the day after Thanksgiving and so far we have. But I understand about being busy!

  2. I usually like to have my tree up by Thanksgiving, but this year I put it up ON Thanksgiving. I’m kind of obsessed with ornaments. The memories…. Your tree is lovely!

  3. I love that squirrel bird feeder ornament so cute! When I was little we would go visit Eggbert at Christmas time. Then they sold him or there was a fire or something happened. Well the original place last year started having him again… and so last year and this year we took the kids to go see Eggbert. It makes my little girl heart happy too. 🙂

  4. Sandy VanHoey says:

    I think this tree is beautiful..y’all did a fantastic job. It really looks nice!

  5. Julie Wood says:

    I like your tree and the unique ornaments that you have on it! I too have some unique and special ornaments that my mother(in heaven now)used when I was a child. She always loved putting up pictures of us and our homemade ornaments that we made at school and home each year! I love Christmas!

  6. Getting the tree up: it’s so hard to schedule around everyone’s activities and everyone wants to be there to help decorate! Maybe this weekend. Fingers crossed!

  7. What a gorgeous tree! I STILL haven’t gotten mine up…I am hoping to be able to get it up this weekend!

  8. avinash daga @dagatweets says:

    this is the most beautiful tree i have ever seen . fantastic !

  9. What a gorgeous tree! We don’t have any traditions yet other than going to church on Christmas Eve..I think once we are in our own home, that will change 🙂

  10. Your tree is beautiful! Nice decorations!

  11. Love the tree

  12. on of our traditions is to make a gingerbread house. we do it every year since my kids were little

  13. I love your tree! It is so beautiful! 🙂

  14. What a beautiful tree! We always have a tradition of making a big breakfast Christmas morning, and then watching our favorite holiday movies together

  15. We have a ornament tradition too. I started it when my daughter was born. I buy one ornament to put a picture of her each year and made a ornament. She is now 9 years old and helps me with the handmade ornament. I also have 3 year old twins that help with their own ornament. My tree is finally getting full of ornaments =]

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

  17. 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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