Getting really excited for Christmas here. How about you? This weekend we decorated the house and today we went to see Santa. Funny how Santa and just being in the mall...hearing the Christmas music, seeing the decorations and the gift ideas galore really put me in the holiday mood. And lunch at Olga's never hurts for lifting the spirits either.
I also love pulling the holiday bins out of storage each year...and uncovering the treasures inside. It's like getting reacquainted with old friends...holiday decorations that have been a part of my history for years, and seeing new friends, things that I picked up in recent years to add to my holiday collection.
holds some of my favorite treasures and bits of one of my favorite holiday traditions—one my Mom started for my brother, sister and I when we were young. (And one that I now do with my kids.) Each year, from the year we were born, my Mom bought each of us a Christmas ornament. We would put the ornaments on the tree...so our kid's ornaments were for the whole family to enjoy. But, we knew that when we moved out, we already had some holiday ornaments (and a bit of home and the holidays past) to take with us. I loved that as a kid...and my kids love picking out a new ornament for their collection each year.
Some of my very first ornaments are in this tin...
The little felt elephants are from my very first Christmas, circa 1968. These sweet little guys used to have trunks that held little felt flowers, until my first dog Shelby "attacked" my first grownup Christmas tree. (Thus explaining why the elephants now live in the tin and don't make it up on the tree each year.)
The kangaroo and the partridge, who escaped the wrath of Shelby, are from my second and third Christmases. And I just love this handwritten inventory list...
my handwriting from about 1980. How fun to see how I used to write and evidence that, even then, I loved lists and organizing. (Note to self and any other interested scrapbooker: even YOU will enjoy your handwriting in your scrapbooks in the years to come! Like everything else, your handwriting will change and you'll love seeing the changes as they unfold on your scrapbook pages. My writing is no where near as neat as this sample from my earlier years and it's so fun to see that.)
So how about you? What are your favorite holiday traditions and what treasures do you love to uncover year after year in your holiday decor boxes? I love cherishing the old traditions, but I also love creating new ones to share with my family. I'd love to hear about your favorite traditions and what makes the holidays special to you and your family.