A huge part of that involves the Christmas tree. I remember decorating trees with families, and as they took out ornaments to hang each year, there were always stories, memories, laughs, tears...it was great. So even though I usually opt for the pretty approach to things, I have decided that I really want our tree to be a collection of memories. Obviously we are still relatively new to this thing and the kids are still pretty young, so our collection is only just beginning, but I'm thinking if we keep going at this rate, by the time the boys are in high school, we'll have a whole tree full of sentimental items!
I'll admit I'm a sucker for the "baby's first Christmas" ornaments and things, but I've found the best sentimental ornaments are actually the ones that are handmade. So here's what I came up with this year.
This one is actually a repeat from last year, except this year I made one for Levi and one for Colton. These are so easy to make (and cheap too...total cost $1 for each for the wood block). I just painted the wood block, selected 5 of my favorite pictures from the year (by far the hardest part!), sized the pictures appropriately, printed them out, cut them out, and mod podged those suckers on there. Already, Colton loves looking at his from last year and talking about the pictures.."me eat cake, me have Halloween basket...", so I'm thinking these are going to be favorites for years to come.
If possible, this was even easier than the previous one! I'm sure you've seen the idea on Pinterest, but basically it's decorated with our highlights of the year. I bought an ornament at AC Moore (on sale for $.60) and used a Sharpie to write them on there real quick.
And finally, each year
Slowly but surely, our family ornament collection is growing. How about you guys? Do you do the sentimental tree or the pretty tree? Or maybe there's a way to combine both?