Ever since my boys were young, I saved all their handmade ornaments from grade school. We have quite a box of them now. Eventually, they will become theirs for their own homes and Christmas trees.
Among my favorites are the simple winter hats made with yarn and pieces of toilet paper tubes. I believe these were from their second grade year, but I might be remembering wrong and they might be from preschool. In any case, I’ve lovingly preserved these each year so they can be hung on the tree year after year. We have two red and white and one purple, green, and beige.
Of course, there were years were popsicle sticks were the rage for ornaments, too. We saved those as well. On the tree today there were three different popsicle stick ornaments, one made by each of our sons. Again, due to careful use and packing, these have been preserved for years and each look as good as they did when they first gave them to us.
My mother in law made the boys plenty of handcrafted ornaments over the years, too. Those, also, have been lovingly saved. As both she and they got older, the handcrafted ornaments slowly stopped being given, but they each got a similar creation from her year, usually marked with the year she gave it to them and/or their age.
Here are a couple of examples of her handiwork:
My mom, as well, made the boys several ornaments when they were young. One year, all three, plus our cat Harrison (RIP 2005) got cross stitched angels. We still have all four of those ornaments. Here is just one.
Since we are a crafty family, I made ornaments with the boys when they were younger too. We have those as well. Unfortunately, I do not have a photo of them. But, they were made with acrylic paints and clear glass ornaments in which you swirled the paint inside and let it drain. These our on our tree and will be passed down too, with the other handmade ornaments!
Do you have young children that you made ornaments for or with at holiday time? If so, tell me about it in the comments. Unpacking family ornaments, such as these, is one of my favorite parts of decorating for the Christmas season!
Merry Christmas to All!