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The Yearly Ornament Tradition – Pandemic Edition

Every year I make ornaments as favors for the guests who come to celebrate Christmas with us. I started this tradition on my daughter’s first Christmas. I got some wooden snowflakes and I had a bunch of pictures of her printed and I cut her face out by hand and glued them to the snowflake ornaments. Pictures from those early days are scarce and not all the ornaments have survived. The ornaments I have made every year since reflect something about both our family and what craft most holds my interest at that moment. I’ve put the kids’ pictures in sleighs and teddy bears, painted ceramic ornaments, I’ve dipped the children’s hands in paint to have them decorate handprint snowman ornaments, I’ve made scrabble tile ornaments, I’ve made star wars ornaments, I’ve filled empty ball ornaments with sequins and flamingoes, I’ve stamped on wooden slices and on wooden tags…

These were our ornaments one year – with a healthy dose of extras for the shop!
Bucket of Flamingo Ornaments – also available in the shop!
Freshly drying handprints.
Flamingo in a ball with sequins.
Star Wars inspired ornaments!
Scrabble ornaments.
These ornaments are origami styled tags that open into a star.
These ornaments the kids made themselves with foam stickers.

This year though – there will be no ornament tree for my guests to pick from. There will be no guests at our home this year at all. This is 2020 … the lost year… we have all given up so much this year as we wade through life amid the pandemic and so to that I say:

These will be sent to my family since they cannot come and visit me.
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