Sunday, November 27, 2011

Christmas Traditions - Making Keepsake Ornaments

Traditionally we like to spend the weekend after Thanksgiving, picking and decorating our Christmas tree.

I lay out the children's special ornaments (they get a new one each year) in chronological order, by child. Then, I call them in one at a time to hang their ornaments on the tree, while we reminisce about the past ornaments, and the memories they represent.


I also set up a cookie decorating station, so when they were finished hanging their ornaments, each child could cut out a sugar cookie, Christmas tree to decorate with M&M ornaments.


I baked the cookies while the children were changing into jammies. Then, we enjoyed a before bed snack of cookies and hot chocolate by Christmas light, while listening to our favorite Christmas CD (Bing Crosby's White Christmas, naturally).


When we first started our Christmas tree tradition, it included a trip to Hallmark to purchase each child a keepsake ornament. For the last few years, I've made a surprise ornament for the children. This year, they made their own, beaded snowflake ornaments, as part of E's snow themed birthday party...


...with a Creativity for Kids craft kit, I picked up off of Amazon. The bead loaded kit was less than $20.00, and included enough supplies for making 6 ornaments, so it was perfect for us.


The children (ages 5-14) really enjoyed the activity too, and were all able to make their ornaments on their own, without help. T, objected a little, saying it was a "girl craft", but was able to put together enough sleek, silver beads for a modern, and apparently manly looking, snowflake.


The snowflakes are pretty large, but lightweight, so they don't weigh down the branches of the tree.


They also look pretty hanging, as decorations, about the house. I almost didn't want to move ours from over the dining room table, where we had placed them, after the party, to await the tree.


It's great to be a homeschooler.

9 comments:

sarah in the woods said...

The bead snowflakes are so pretty.

babies, toddlers, and preschoolers, oh my! said...

i LOVE traditions and reading about how each family does Christmas! its all so special!!

Christy said...

I might have to borrow this tradition! I am going to check out that kit too.

Ticia said...

How incredibly pretty it is!

What a wonderful tradition. We've sort of got a tradition like that, but not super consistently.

Phyllis said...

You have lovely traditions. I love the snowflake ornaments!

gotjoy3 said...

First, I love the traditions. I love it. Second, the ornaments are beautiful they made.

Debbie said...

I love how you have each child hang their ornaments. I use to do something similar with my older children. These snowflake ornaments are so pretty.

Raising a Happy Child said...

What a great tradition - how neat to see these 6 rows neatly laid out on the table. Snowflakes look very pretty.

Phyllis said...

I just wanted to let you know that on your recommendation, we bought the bead snowflake kit and absolutely loved it. My kids keep talking about how much they enjoyed it. Thank you for telling us about it. Made for a very happy advent activity.