Christmas Traditions – Picking Out Individual Ornaments

2012 ornament choices!

2012 ornament choices!

When I was a little girl, my mom started buying me an ornament each Christmas so that I would have a starting set when I moved out on my own.  Each year I would get something that reflected my personality at that moment or my current interest at the time and now that I have my own kids, I have done the same thing.

The last few years, my daughter has picked out Disney Princess ornaments.  This year, I respectfully requested that she pick something different because she might not enjoy a tree of nothing but Disney Princesses when she is older!  She complied and picked out a pretty camera shaped ornament because she “likes to take pictures and pose for them.”  There’s absolutely no arguing with that logic (she is ALWAYS the first one to cheese for a photo).

My older son has been into all things space-related this year so when it came time for him to choose his ornament, it was a no-brainer.  Space shuttle it is.  (This should come in handy in the future when he has to explain to his kids what these moon transport machines of  old were).

My youngest son likes anything that he can recognize these days so it wasn’t quite as easy for him to pick just one ornament.  As I assume we will have years of Elmo, Cars, Spiderman, etc., ahead, we finally narrowed down his 35 choices to an ice cream cone.  Now, this seems like a odd choice for a 2-year-old, but in our family, this is an inside joke that I will now explain.  My youngest loves ice cream and loves to point out ice cream whenever he sees anything that remotely resembles ice cream.  He even named his toy horse ‘Ice cream’.  But the real joke is that he says the words “ice cream” much like a young Forrest Gump when he offers Lieutenant Dan some after getting shot in the butt in Vietnam (click on this link if you have no idea what I am talking about).  Now, every time I see ice cream, that’s the voice I hear in my head (and the one that I feel like I must immediately replicate out loud, no matter how annoying it must be at this point) and it always makes us giggle.  His ornament is my obviously favorite this year because I know it will give us memories of laughter for years to come! 🙂

I love that each of my kids are so different and I can’t wait to see how their ornaments reflect this in the future.


4 thoughts on “Christmas Traditions – Picking Out Individual Ornaments

  1. We have the same tradition. Last year, we made a little game with friends of ours — we took a picture of the ornaments and then asked them to figure out who picked each one. Love, love, love the kids picking out their own ornaments. It’s so much fun to see the progression of “what they are interested in now”.

  2. This is definitely a great idea! We did it a few years and then I totally slacked off and forgot! Iris now knows what she was into when she was 1, 3 and 5 years old…super! So funny your son will have to explain what these strange moon transporters are! What’s up with our third children being totally obsessed with food? Cesar’s whole life is about cookies. The other two were just not that into food…(okay, I guess cookies fall more under treats!)

    • I know my little one is obsessed with food because he is huge! my other two are so much smaller so it’s still hard for me to reconcile with the fact that he is actually my kid too! Haha. one year my oldest was obsessed with my cell phone so his ornament was a cell phone. I try to mix it up a little so they have a variety or daughter would be all princesses, older one would be sports and clearly baby would be junk food! 🙂 too bad I don’t always remember to write the year on them though!

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