For millions of Americans, the day after Thanksgiving is the day that they take out their Christmas decorations and deck the halls and their yards. One beloved tradition is taking out the box of ornaments and lovingly going through it.
Even though I am Jewish, I do know what this feeling is. My husband is not Jewish, and the deal we made before we became parents was that I could raise the kids in my faith as long as he could still have his tree and stockings at Christmas.
When we were first married, we bought a bunch of ornaments for our tree. We also took ornaments from my in-laws that my husband made in Sunday school. These were small macaroni shapes that were glued to bell and stocking shapes, and then spray painted gold. We were even given ornaments that his grandmother had on her tree, as well as old fashioned ones from his parents tree, purchased in the 1950s and 1960s. These are the ones that we both treasure the most.
My husband’s oldest sister bought us one as a gift each year, always with the date and some special meaning attached to it. Each year, my daughter and I would pick out a special ornament for my husband from us, to show him how we appreciated his traditions.
When we take our boxes of decorations out, we reminisce about our family who is no longer physically here and the special Christmas ornaments that make us think of them.
Your children will grow up before you know it. If he or she loves the Disney/Pixar film Inside Out, buy an ornament that will be a reminder of this time of his or her childhood.
Why Do People Collect Christmas Ornaments?
People are collectors. From the time we are young and we collect rocks, stickers or baseball cards, it is something that helps us identify what we like and our passions as that stage of our life.
These items, if we keep them, trigger happy memories (after all, who keeps things that make them remember awful events or people?). It helps us remember our past and it is a connection to it. That is one reason my husband and I love the vintage ornaments we own. We can remember the happy times with his parents and his grandmother when they aware alive and vibrant, not sick with the illnesses that claimed them all.
Collecting Christmas ornaments gives older people permission to stay in touch with their inner child. If they like The Wizard of Oz, there is a collection of that. If they love Barbie, there are dozens of ornaments to own. Adore Elvis or Star Wars or Star trek? You can let your inner fan shine during the holiday season with a tree full of your favorite characters.
How Should You Store Your Ornaments?
Be organized year after year!
There are many ways to store your Christmas ornaments. If you have a collection for each person in your family, then each one should have his./her own bin. That way, when it is time to take them out of the box, everyone can focus on their own collection and be responsible for placing it on the tree. Children in particular want to place their own special items in a spot where they think it will work best.
And by the way, a tree should not look perfect, especially when you have young children. Just let them place them where they want and learn to love it. You will have plenty of time in the future for your “perfect” Martha Stewart Magazine tree.
You can also store them by decade or by type or ornament, if you prefer. However you choose to store them, be sure that they are wrapped and protected so there are no tears next Christmas when the box is opened!
Disney Inside Out Christmas Ornaments
Get ready for what is going to be one of the most popular collectible ornament sets this upcoming holiday season! There are different combinations of Disney Inside Out ornaments for you to collect. You can purchase each character individually, in sets of three, or in a set of ten like this one.
You do not have to pick a single favorite character with this set, everyone is here! Joy, Sadness, Disgust, Anger, Fear, Bing Bong, Rainbow Unicorn, Dave, Frank and Bobby are all present and accounted for! You can find them on Amazon.
Make your tree a colorful one this holiday with Disney Inside Out Christmas Ornaments!
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