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 films of all kinds, buy an ornament that will be a reminder of this time of his or her childhood.
Photo from Pixabay
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 Olaf’s Frozen Adventures 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.
Fans of Frozen are giddy with anticipation with a brand new featurette set to premiere this upcoming holiday season. Olaf’s Frozen Adventure is another animated short that has all kinds of new songs that your children will be singing over and over again. The set comes with all of your favorite characters dressed in different clothing. Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven, along with another snowman, are a part of this limited edition Disney Sketchbook ornament series.
This Olaf ornament has him dancing with doll like versions of Anna. Elsa, Kristoff and Sven. It measures 2.2 x 3.2 x 2.2 inches and is made of plastic. It comes in its own gift box. All you have to do is wrap it up!
Beauty and the Beast Ornament
The live action version of Beauty and the Beast was an enormous box office smash. It earned the studio over one billion dollars worldwide. The success of this remake is making it possible for more live action remakes of animated favorites from Disney’s vault.
With gold paint and a glass dome, this rose lights up just like the one in the movie. It measures 3.25 inches tall and the batteries for the lights are included.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Groot Ornament
Groot is an extraterrestrial being that had the appearance of a tree, and he is very, very tall. He is a character of few words, but it is not was he says, but how he says it. He is an impressive fighter that, even when he loses, he can regenerate into another version of himself.
This Hallmark Keepsake 2017 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Groovin’ Groot Musical Christmas Ornament will have you dancing. It plays a clip of the song Flash Light by Parliament. It measures 3.3 x 1.8 x 4.2 inches and comes in its own gift box.
Disney Junior Puppy Pals Ornament
Disney also has ornaments that feature characters from its popular Disney Junior lineup. One of their newer hits that premiered last April is called Puppy Pals. Two fun and friendly puppies, Bingo and Rolly, are the stars of this program. They are brothers who love to go on adventures not just in their own neighborhood, but around the world as well. They have an owner named Bob whom they help from time to time.
Also featured with Bingo and Rolly is A.R.F., the robotic dog that Bob invented. Many years from now, when you children are teenagers, this fun loving ornament will remind them of a favorite television show from long ago.
Tangled The Series Ornaments
Tangled was another animated Disney box office smash that was released right before Thanksgiving in 2010. It earned the studio legions of fans and millions of dollars. A featurette followed in 2012. This year, Disney introduced a new animated serie that tells the story of what happened in between the first film and the featurette. Tangled: The Series, is another new hit for younger viewers.
Rapunzel and her handmaiden (who is quite a fierce fighter) are featured in the new Disney ornament for 2017. It is made of resin and is 4.25 inches tall.
Vampirina Christmas Ornament
She is the newest character to hit the scenes in the Disney Junior lineup and she is a hit! Vampirina is a vampire who moves with her family from Transylvania to Pennsylvania when her parents buy a Bed and Breakfast and relocate to the world of humans. It is not an easy adjustment for Vampirina, but she is slowly learning to make friends and have her friends accept her and her family. She does look different, however, that has not stopped her from making new friends. Lots of life lessons are learned in this colorful and musical new series.
This Vampirina ornament features the purple vampire showing a happy expression. Your favorite Vampirina fan is going to love having this smiling face hanging from the Christmas tree.
Fill your tree with some of these new for 2017 Disney Christmas ornaments.
Featured image from Pixabay and altered by the author in Picmonkey.