Start a Family Christmas Ornament Tradition

Updated on November 28, 2017
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Christmas is a month-long state-of-mind for me. This festive time of loved ones, parties, gifts, and religious celebrations is so special.

This Is the Ornament Given My Family Members a Few Years Ago

It's made of wood that's been laser cut into intricate designs.
It's made of wood that's been laser cut into intricate designs. | Source

The Start of the Family Ornament Tradition

If you miss being with the family each Christmas but want to ensure they remember you at the family gathering, here's a way to do that. Start a family tradition by giving each member an ornament for the holiday.

I live halfway across the country from my family. When they gather for a festive day of feasting and family togetherness, I'm not there. I wanted to have a part in their Christmas gathering even though I was far away. That's what sparked the idea of sending an annual Christmas ornament for each to have a gift from me.

Here I Am, Hundreds of Miles Away from My Family at Christmas

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Easy Steps for Ordering and Distributing the Christmas Ornaments

  • Four or five weeks before Christmas, search through catalogs or online to choose an ornament for the family members. I look for one where I can get a good price by the dozen because I need three dozen. Adjust the numbers to match your family gathering.
  • If you're talented at crafts and very energetic, make ornaments for everyone. You can personalize them if you want.
  • Mail them early.
  • Have the Christmas ornaments sent to one family member who's willing to distribute them for you. My sister generally hosts the family gathering on Christmas Day, so I have them mailed directly to her. Make sure they know the package is coming and what to do with it.
  • Have your representative hand out the ornaments or place them with each place settings on the holiday table. Make sure they tell everyone that the ornaments are from you.


This Personalized Ornament Is Made from Clay

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Change the ornament each year so family members gradually build up a collection. Make sure there are enough for all the adults and all the children, no matter how young. When the children are grown and living on their own, they'll have their own ornaments to start out.

I found some ornaments with space to write the year and name on them. My sister provided the permanent, medium-tipped marker so everyone could personalize the ornament I sent.

This Ornament Was Assembled By Family Members at the Christmas Day Gathering

I ordered these from a catalog and they came with different foam parts. Peeling off the backing and sticking the parts together let everyone create a unique ornament. Even the littlest of the kids could do it.
I ordered these from a catalog and they came with different foam parts. Peeling off the backing and sticking the parts together let everyone create a unique ornament. Even the littlest of the kids could do it. | Source

Another year, I sent these foam gingerbread ornaments. They served as a craft at the family gathering. Everyone had fun sticking on the decorative touches.

Check your count each year as the family grows. Make sure you don't forget the new husband, the adopted twins, and the fiancee who will be there for the family gathering. It isn't necessary to include ornaments for friends and boyfriend/girlfriends joining the family feast.

Keep track of what you ordered each year, so you don't choose the same ornament the next year.

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Some Final Tips

This tradition works even if you are able to attend the family gathering.

It's a great way for grandparents to scale back gift-giving when their income is limited and the family keeps growing.

Don't choose glass ornaments or fragile ones if they are given to children.

Glass Ornaments Are Unsuitable for Young Children

I mistakenly chose these for the family one year without thinking about the toddlers receiving one. Hopefully their parents took the gift into safe keeping until they were older.
I mistakenly chose these for the family one year without thinking about the toddlers receiving one. Hopefully their parents took the gift into safe keeping until they were older. | Source

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© 2017 Virginia Allain

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