Some people have fancy trees that they trim to perfection, wrapping with beautiful little white lights and shimmering ribbon – all the ornaments fit into a pre-determined color or thematic scheme. . .
Not in my house. I’ve been forever obsessed with the big colored light bulbs and gaudy tinsel that my mom wrapped around our tree when I was growing up. So, when we started having kids and setting up a tree for their enjoyment. . . well, things got tacky quick.
It began with the big lights I grew up with – and some tiny white ones, too – wrapped from all the way inside around the trunk to the outside of the tree (so you can lie down underneath and look up at a galaxy of Christmas lights). After that came the tinsel boas – so called because I used to drape them around my neck as a child and pretend to be a “foncy lady.” And then. . . the paper chain. I try to make a new one each year as they always end up destroyed by January 6th. One day I’ll have well-mannered, self-controlled kids who don’t get into tearing up paper chains. . . till then.
And, of course, my tacky, kid-friendly trees are always full of a wide and varied assortment of ornaments. Anything my mom or mother-in-law have passed on to me plus whatever strikes my fancy at the 75% off after-Christmas sales plus all kinds of ornaments my kids have made over the past 9 years.
Here’s just a couple of possible kid-made tree ornaments that would look great on a family friendly Christmas tree:
I’ve seen these cute snowman bauble ornaments all over the web. What a cute idea! And if you attatch the name of the child-artist and the year to each, you have a lasting Christmas memory. So happy that Crystal at Little Bit Funky shared the idea.
Just one thing to do today:
Gather your kids and your craft supplies and make some new ornaments for the tree. Be sure to label each with the creator’s name and the year.