It's the start of a new year so what better time than now to start a Christmas memory tree? A Christmas memory tree is a tree where each ornament has a specific memory associated with it. A few of our special family memory ornaments are shown in the picture above. As you can see they range from simple items like key-chains to exquisite glass ornaments. But each one has special memory associated with it that we share and remember together every year when we decorate the family tree for Christmas.
Why We Started This Family Tradition
This is a second marriage for both my husband and myself. We each brought our own children into the marriage and we were trying to find ways to create special memories that would help to blend our two families together. I had already started some new memories and traditions with my children as a single mom, so it was easy to continue doing it as a blended family. Today, ten years later, it is still a yearly tradition for all of us to get together and even though the kids are 25, 23, and 20, we still laugh and talk about the memories as we decorate the tree. Sometimes we even get a little teary eyed over the ones that make us a little sad such as the memories of our family dog that passed away this past July. But one thing is for sure, he will never be forgotton!
This is also a great idea because it minimizes the junk around the house. Everyone is always buying nick-nacks on vacations and has favors from various weddings and parties. Get rid of all that stuff and choose the special ones to make into ornaments! The memories are small, they do not sit on a shelf collecting dust, and they will be used (and actually remembered) once a year!
How To Start A Memory Tree
1. Collect Items as Ornaments During the year -
Check out this little slide of a few of our special family ornaments:
2. Make it into an Ornament -
3. Write on the Ornaments -
4. Decorate the Tree with Memories -
Each year there will be more and more ornaments to add to the tree and the memories of all the things that you did will always be remembered :-) Above is a picture of our family the night that we decorated our tree for 2015. It's also another tradition to take a family picture in front of the tree after we decorate it and this years picture includes my daughters finance who we will now include in all our future memories!
It is never too late to start!
Start today and by Christmas you will have memories of the entire year to share!
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Hi there! I'm Kathie, the author behind Creating A Simpler Life blog. I'm excited to share our longterm projects (and planning) toward building our future retirement homestead in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. In the meantime I will be sharing all the other little things we do that are part of creating our simpler life!