As I mentioned briefly in my post about this year’s budget Christmas tree, we don’t have much of an ornament collection right now, so we decorated our tree with some inexpensive shatter-resistant ones from Home Depot. They don’t have any kind of story behind them (except that we got them cheap), but they do a good job of adding some red, green, and gold shinyness to an otherwise plain Christmas tree.
We’d been talking about starting a tradition of adding an ornament each year, something personalized and with the year printed on it, so that as time went by we’d slowly build up a collection of unique and meaningful Christmas tree ornaments. We were speculating on where to obtain such a thing this year when a mysterious package arrived in the mail — and it turned out to be a surprise gift from Joe’s stepmom Julie:
Isn’t it cute? I love how happy and lighthearted it is, and I can imagine Lillian being amused at the sight of her family as cartoon penguins wearing hats and scarves in a few years. And just like that we have the first annual family ornament to add to our collection. Huzzah! (And a big thanks to Julie for the gift!)
Speaking of personalized ornaments, I’d really like to make one specially for Lillian this year — something involving her baby handprint, so she can look back on how tiny she was on her first Christmas as she grows. Does anyone know of any good ideas or tutorials for baby handprint craft projects? I have an idea or two in mind, but I’m worried it’ll turn into some kind of super-messy train wreck, haha…