I've shared with you some of our favorite family Christmas traditions. I've included photos of my big impact, low stress decorating routines. And of course I've confessed some of my hormone-induced Christmas meltdowns.
Today I'd like to share one old Christmas tradition and one new one.
For years I've been putting our family Christmas card photo on a tree ornament. I write the year on the back with a sharpie. Any photo site such as MyPublisher or Shutterfly has this option. I've also had success with Walmart.com and Costco. I usually do it when ordering our cards, and if I forget, I just do it for a few years at a time. All of these sites make it super easy to upload a photo and order an ornament.
Here are two from past years:
Last year, our first Christmas without Jack, we started a simple new tradition I saw in a magazine. We save the piece of wood cut off the bottom of our tree and make a rustic ornament out of it.
Margaret writes the year with a sharpie, finds a ribbon to go through the hole, and hangs it on the tree. Many trees have holes drilled in the bottom these days so they'll stand up at the tree lot, but if yours doesn't, you could staple or hot glue a ribbon to the back.
Waiting for a ribbon...
Do you have any old or new traditions to share?