This article, entitled Christmas Traditions - Picking Out Individual Ornaments comes from Courtney Rubin at partner site Embracing the Insanity.
When I was a little girl, my mom started buying me an ornament each Christmas so that I would have a starting set when I moved out on my own. Each year I would get something that reflected my personality at that moment or my current interest at the time and now that I have my own kids, I have done the same thing.
The last few years, my daughter has picked out Disney Princess ornaments. This year, I respectfully requested that she pick something different because she might not enjoy a tree of nothing but Disney Princesses when she is older! She complied and picked out a pretty camera shaped ornament because she “likes to take pictures and pose for them.” There’s absolutely no arguing with that logic (she is ALWAYS the first one to cheese for a photo).
My older son has been into all things space-related this year so when it came time for him to choose his ornament, it was a no-brainer. Space Shuttle it is. (This should come in handy in the future when he has to explain to his kids what these moon transport machines of old were).
My youngest son likes anything that he can recognize these days so it wasn’t quite as easy for him to pick just one ornament. As I assume we will have years of Elmo, Cars, Spiderman, etc., ahead, we finally narrowed down his 35 choices to an ice cream cone. Now, this seems like a odd choice for a 2-year-old, but in our family, this is an inside joke that I will now explain. My youngest loves ice cream and loves to point out ice cream whenever he sees anything that remotely resembles ice cream. He even named his toy horse ‘Ice cream’. But the real joke is that he says the words “ice cream” much like a young Forrest Gump when he offers Lieutenant Dan some after getting shot in the butt in Vietnam (click on this link if you have no idea what I am talking about). Now, every time I see ice cream, that’s the voice I hear in my head (and the one that I feel like I must immediately replicate out loud, no matter how annoying it must be at this point) and it always makes us giggle. His ornament is my obviously favorite this year because I know it will give us memories of laughter for years to come! :)
I love that each of my kids are so different and I can’t wait to see how their ornaments reflect this in the future.