We started a Christmas tradition last year that is very similar to what Barbara lays out in her blog post over at MommyLife: giving each child an ornament of their own each Christmas, so that one day when they get married and move on, they will have their own collection to start their own tree-trimming. Of course, the Wee Goon was not yet born at that point, and we did a variation. My husband and I will be giving each other an ornament each Christmas as well, to continue building the collections from our own youth.
We’re trying to keep them fair-trade / handcrafted / locally made, etc, versus Made in China, but I’m sure there will be years that, like Barbara, we end up getting the same ornament from, say, Walmart. Last year I got my man a hand-painted egg from a display at a local soap store. If I recall correctly, they were imported from Eastern Europe, where they were painted by women as a source of income to keep them out of poverty, prostitution, et cetera. I’ll have to snap a picture with this year’s ornaments once Christmas has passed. This year, the Wee Goon is getting a personalized wooden “Baby’s First Christmas” ornament that I found on Etsy.
A great resource for handcrafted ornaments, aside from Etsy or your local small town gift shops, is WAR International. WAR stands for Women At Risk, and is an organization that helps women out of sex trafficking, etc. They have beautiful blown glass ornaments as well as other handcrafted items, so if you’re looking to support them, you don’t just have to focus on Christmas!
Right now we just keep our ornaments
wrapped in tissue paper within generic cardboard boxes, but I would like to find something more permanent and/or keepsake for when the WG takes these with him someday. If you follow this tradition, what do you use to store your child’s ornaments, and what do you like or not like about it?