Our family has this great Christmas tradition that we still practice even though we are all adults now.
Growing up, our parents would give us a new ornament each Christmas. This was partly so that when we grew up and moved out, we would have ornaments for our own trees. But it was also to celebrate or remember an event from the previous year. Sometimes they were a surprise, and sometimes we helped pick them out.
Like the year that my first cat, Muffin, died. We were out shopping and saw a little gray cat ornament with angel wings on it. We bought that one on the spot.
Then there is the raccoon ornament with a little string of lights around him. He’s a reminder of all of the raccoon troubles and escapades I had when working at summer camp. (more…)