Our Christmas Ornament of 2016│It has become somewhat off a tradition for us to collect a new Christmas tree ornament each year. In fact, we often end up getting 2-3 new ones each year, but we like to have one really special one that symbolizes something big that we did that year. This year was a really big year for travel, and we managed to do a trip that we didn’t imagine doing for many more years – a road trip through EUROPE! In fact, we were able to do it better than we EVER imagined! We covered 8000km on the road, driving through 15 countries, and experiencing a truly amazing family adventure.
While we were in Germany, we decided to pick up this year’s Christmas ornament in a Käthe Wohlfahrt store. This store sells really high-quality Christmas items handcrafted in Germany. In fact, after two months on the road this was really the only souvenir that we wanted. We were therefore very excited to take it out and put it on our tree when Thanksgiving was over.
Of course, there were many different countries visited and an infinite number of ornament options, but we really loved the idea of getting our ornament at such a special year-round Christmas store.
Above, This is one of the wooden ornaments that I made (and sold at the ISQ Christmas Fair) last December.
Below left, We received this ornament this year. Eli’s Grandma Great sent it for him – it was in the First Christmas Box that we received. If you haven’t watched that video yet, check it out here: The Knife. It is a REALLY FUNNY one!
Below right, Justin’s mother bought us a bag of “Anywhere Snowball Are-For-All”. The fake snow balls feel really great, and it is pretty entertaining to throw them around!
LOOK AT ALL THOSE PRESENTS!
We haven’t bought a single gift yet. Those all came in our two Christmas boxes from Texas. As you can see, we are very blessed! Surprisingly enough, Eli hasn’t attacked or opened any of them! He only removes two very specific ornaments from the tree every morning – The red spotted ball (second picture) and the new little church ornament that we just received. I guess he just favors those two, and is not interested in the rest (so far)!
Below left, An ornament from our sweet friends, Bronwyn and Rudi, in the U.K. It has a picture of Eli on his first Christmas. That was our special ornament from 2014, and of course, the big thing we did that year was welcome our sweet boy into our family!
Above, Another of the wooden ornaments that I made last year.
This year I had hoped to make ornaments again, but I have been doing back-to-back photo shoots and just haven’t had time. I even had my “DIY ornament of the year” picked out. It was quite sweet when people came to me during the ISQ Christmas Fair and asked why I wasn’t selling crafts. Many of them had hoped to buy gifts from my table. Sorry folks!
What about all of you,
Do you add a new ornament to your tree every year?