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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Thanksgiving Tradition


Every year since the twins were born I have wanted to start a Thanksgiving tradition of giving them a Christmas tree ornament. Good intentions, no follow through. Until this year. I finally did it. Ordered ornaments for all 3 children. Now let's cross our fingers that they get here by Thanksgiving.


For Cricket I got a cricket. A lucky cricket. Perfect.


For Peanut I got...a peanut. Perfect again.



And for Butterball...I struggled. I wanted a Butterball turkey, but they evidently don't make Christmas tree ornaments, so I had to settle for a Tom Turkey. Not perfect, but it is a start.

Now I need to go back and find ornaments that would be meaningful for each year of their lives. Like when Peanut was so into dressing up as Batman. And when Cricket loved wearing her little pink cowboy boots...

I think it will be a fun to collect different ornaments over the years.
So what about you? Do you have a special Thanksgiving tradition?

Ornaments from:
Here


16 comments :

  1. It's a wonderful tradition to start! My mother began doing this when we were young and our collections were built through out the years. Some years, we made an ornament and other years, we received them as christmas presents (some years were skipped entirely). When I moved out and celebrated Christmas with my new husband in our first home, it was so comforting to open the box containing my small collection. Each one brought a unique memory of a Christmas past...each is part of my history. My husband and I continued the tradition and have added one unique ornament each year. Our tree is a memory tree - one that brings such joy as we unwrap each ornament and share the stories of our lives with our daughter.

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  2. Sissy, these are PERFECT!! I give the kids an ornament each year {or at least try to!}. This year I have one for the girls, but I'm searching for Jackson. This way when they move and have their own trees, they will have meaningful collections. One year I painted their ornaments- probably not so cute. I love that site and your selections.

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  3. We too have the tradition. As your children get older, it will be fun reminiscing about what year each child received the ornament and what they were like at that age. We try to get an ornament that relates to something that our children were interested in that year. That way, our tree tells a little story about our children.

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  4. Great tradition! I love the ones that you found.

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  5. I LOVE THIS IDEA! I don't have kids, but would definitely like to implement it when I do. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. you're hilarious! these are too funny. my mom and my husband's mom collected ornaments for us and now we have more than a tree-full! it was so nice our first Christmas (and even now) to have something to put up when heaven knows we couldn't have outfitted it ourselves. I think it's a great tradition.

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  7. Sissy, what lovely traditions! When I have kids, I'm going to give them adorable nicknames just so I can do this :-))) I think Butterball is still my favorite nickname---just makes me want to squeeze him! My family kept these shrinky-dink ornaments (remember those?) that my brother and I made. They are seriously hilarious! Mine are all ballerinas and my brother's are robots and monsters!

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  8. Such a cute little tradition you've started! Our t-day traditions vary every 3-4 years, we did it in the City for a bit, now I go out to my friends in CT because I have to work the next day...

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  9. What a great tradition! I am so stealing this idea for next year (I hope you don't mind!) What a great way to show your kids how much you appreciate them.

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  10. I'm starting a ornament tradition with my boyfriend this year. Hopefully we'll end up with many, many special ornaments covering the tree!

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  11. Cute! I love all your choices. I call my boys pumpkin and goose (as in silly...) guess I could get them both ornaments! ps. your about me thing gave me a good chuckle.

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  12. That is such a great tradition, they will LOVE the collection when they are older for sure!

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  13. does eating til i puke count as tradition?

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  14. Thank you so much for shopping....and posting our ornaments! Making the connection between the ornament and occasion or special memory is what it's all about.....a tree full of pretty ornaments is nice.....but so much more special when one looks at the ornament, smiles and "remembers when." Remember to get one for yourself too! Anytime you need help in coming up with an idea for a specific remembrance....just drop us a note....we'll be glad to help you come with an idea.
    Jeannie Pence
    Pence Christmas Tree Farm

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