Starting A Holiday Ornament Tradition (and win an ornament from Ornaments.com, ends 12/14)
This Starting A Holiday Ornament Tradition post is sponsored.
The first year I moved out on my own, I wanted a Christmas tree. But I was living in a second floor apartment, and I had no idea how to bring a tree up a flight of stairs. Never mind that I had no idea how to get a tree or get it back to my apartment. My friend had bought me a small tree (which was probably not for indoor living) when I moved five months before, so I decorated that.
When I showed people photos of that tree, they told me it was dead, so at some point, I got rid of that tree.
The next year, I bought a fake tree and that’s the same tree Pete and I used when we lived in our apartment. Now that we have a house, we went out this weekend and got our first real tree.
We put the ornaments on it earlier this week, and it was the first time that I hung the ornaments my mom got me onto my own tree. See, every year growing up, my mom purchased me and my brothers one ornament. I have one with a typewriter, which was from the first year I worked at a newspaper. One is of a bear playing a violin since I played for ten years. Each ornament is a trip down memory lane.
The year after Pete and I started dating, I started getting us an ornament a year from Ornaments.com. The first year was a suitcase with our vacations written on it. The next was North Carolina since we had just moved. We got another the year we were married.
This year, our ornament is us in a silver car. Getting a new silver car was the biggest thing we did this year. We actually ended up getting a new (for us) car this year after ours was totaled when we were hit from behind on the way to visit Pete’s dad in Washington, DC for his 70th birthday. It was awful. But, by a stroke of a miracle, we made it back to North Carolina a few days later (which shocked the tow truck driver who eventually towed our car). My dad ended up lending us his car for four months until we eventually bought the new (for us) one.
So yes, this was by far the biggest part of our 2017. It’s a strange thing to immortalize on our tree forever if you think it’s about the accident and the new car. But it’s more about how we got to that point, how we were celebrating Pete’s dad and didn’t let it get us down, and how my dad was there for us when we needed it. That’s a great set of memories to remember forever.
Ornaments.com has a ton of ornaments so you can immortalize your biggest memories of the year. Or year’s past. If you didn’t get an ornament last year, don’t worry. The caligraphers at ornaments.com will personalize any ornament (that can be personalized, anyway) with the text of your choosing. That means you can have them write 2016 to make up for an ornament you missed last year.
The ornaments are really high quality and very durable, so if they fall, they won’t break. That’s great because I actually woke up this morning to a broken Christmas ball from 2010. The ornaments are very reasonably priced as well. Most are in the $14.95 or so range and if you purchase five, shipping is free!
Feeling lucky? We are teaming with Ornaments.com to give someone an ornament. The lucky winner can choose any personalized ornament from the website. The giveaway starts now and ends at 11:59pm EST on December 14. The winner will have 24 hours to respond to the winning email before another winner is selected. The winner must be a US resident who is 18 or older at the time of entry.
Drugstore Divas is not responsible for prize fulfillment.