December 3 - Christmas Tree Ornaments Did your family have heirloom or cherished ornaments? Did you ever string popcorn and cranberries? Did your family or ancestors make Christmas ornaments?
When I was growing up we each had our own favorite ornament. Most of these we made at school with a lot of help from our teachers. They lasted for a couple of years despite a lot of rough handling. We had an angel for the top of the tree that made it to the top every year and still does today. It was one of the first things after my mom and dad got married that they bought for Christmas decorations. It is over 60 years old now. I remember one Christmas that our tree fell on the floor when a support wire let loose. Ornaments went flying everywhere. Many of the old glass ornaments broke and had to be replaced.
Today, each year we try to find a new ornament for each of our two kids. Over the years these ornaments always got special places on our trees too, and usually were hung by the kids themselves. As our kids grew up, the plan was always to give them all their ornaments for their own trees as they moved, got married, etc. My wife still shops for a new ornament for the kids even though they have moved out of the nest.