Hanging Memories

I knew early on that I wanted my kids to each have a little tree in their room.

This tree serves as two purposes. First, Santa leaves one small gift under their room tree. This serves the purpose of delaying them rushing downstairs before we even get out of bed. We can hear them rip open the paper while excitement fills their voice that now can be heard from our room.

It’s one of my favorite moments of the year.

The second reason is to hold memory ornaments. Each year I pick an ornament that represents that year in some way.

-It might be a bus that was one of Tegan’s first words.

-It might be a fish that represents the year that Braden declared that he was going to be a marine biologist.

-It might be a character that they are really into that year.

-It might be a musical ornament that represented the year that Braden asked for “A complete orchestra” for Christmas.

-It might be a racing ornament that represents how much Tegan loves hotwheels.

-It might be a disco ball that each of them chose to represent the dance parties that often happen in our living room.

I love these little trees not only for the extra time it gives me on the 25th, but for the memories they each hold.

16 thoughts on “Hanging Memories

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  2. I've heard people talk about putting trees in their kids' rooms to let the kids decorate themselves which I like too…but putting a gift under there to slow them down is pure genius. Love it!! Just wandered over from BabyRabies.com & looking forward to stalking you more :)
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  4. Ok this? is precious and lovely. I am in love with this idea….their own little private christmas before the hussle and bussle…with their OWN ornaments. I admit, normally, i scoff when people say they put little trees in their kids' rooms, but this is just awesome!
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  5. Sweet…all together now…'Awwwwww'
    Actually my mom does something similar. She would always get my sister and I an ornanement each year. Some we got to pick out and some she thought suited us. All but one of mine are on her tree. On one hand I would like them, they are mine after all. But on the other, it seems fitting that they are on my parent's tree, since I am two thousand miles from home and rarely get back for christmas.

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