And yet gift giving was so much a part of the family culture, they and she were reluctant for her to give it up entirely. I don’t know who thought of it, but someone suggested Grandma should give Christmas ornaments. Everyone (and by this I mean Grandma and the aunts) agreed it was a wonderful idea, and for a few more years Grandma enjoyed the relative simplicity of looking for that year’s ornaments. She usually chose one for all her children, and for the grandchildren she selected one for the girls and another for the boys. It was the year she began having conversations with herself in the mirror that the aunts took over buying the ornaments on her behalf, which they continued until her death.
If you want to make collecting ornaments a part of your Christmas traditions — and I really think you should — here are just a few suggestions.
Remember a little collection can become too much fast. A friend liked Coke memorabilia, and after only a few years of his family’s focused generosity, his tree looked like it had a corporate sponsor.
Your turn: Is giving ornaments part of your Christmas tradition? Please share a favorite in the Comments.
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