Christmas Traditions

One of my families posted recently about their family tradition of wrapping up 25 christmas books and the children choosing one to unwrap each day in December until Christmas.  I thought this was marvelous and wished I had thought of it when my girls were little.

It's not that we're lacking in the "Christmas Tradition" department, but I love me some fun things to pass down through the generations.

I'd love to share just a few with you...traditions from our house...or perhaps just special decorations that always find a place each season...

First off is a special ornament from my grandmother on my dad's side.

She was into painting ceramics like a LOT of grandmothers were into back then.  Both Anthony and I have a box of ceramic ornaments painted by our respective grandmothers...who lived in different states, miles & miles from one another...but both were into that painting "hobby".

Over the years, we've collected so many ornaments, for our own girls, that there isn't enough room for all of grandma's ornaments to adorn the branches...but there is one...

One that will always have a special place in the center of the Christmas tree...

It's a sweet little stocking filled with 2 little mice...and there is a hole in the bottom of the ceramic piece...

My grandmother wrote a note, rolled it up long ago and stuffed it inside before she gave the ornament to me one Christmas.

She left this earth back in 1991, but every Christmas I reach inside this ornament and pull out my note...

it still has that faint scent of her home...

and I remember her...and how much she loved me...and I listen inside my head for her kind voice...and I recall all the special times I had with her that are buried deep in my heart...




She left other things that we always bring out at christmas time as well...like her Nativity Set that she painted as well...and I mentioned the big ceramic Christmas Tree on my Instagram the other day too!

This is only the beginning though...we've instituted many 'o traditions in our little family over the years...

I'm excited to share some more tomorrow...

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