Pulling together a display of Christmas memories opens the door for sharing treasured family history.
Rehearsing our favorite foods, recounting funny events (such as my pant-splitting at the church Christmas party last year), and reliving the lovable character traits of family members who have gone on the heaven help to carve our unique family identity deep into our children’s hearts.
On our tree hangs a picture of Ma holding my niece, MacKenzie, when she was only days old. We never could have imagined that would be Ma’s last Christmas with us. I cherish that image of her in a red, snowflake garnished sweater, beaming as she admires her new grand baby. The picture of Hannah & Luke in the snow globe was taken in front of the Christmas display of Ma’s antique shop that same year.
It’s as easy as throwing a few branches in a vase (spray paint them silver if you’re feelin’ extra swanky), and matting your favorite Christmas photographs with some festive scrapbook paper or card stock. I used a hole punch at the top of each matted picture and strung some narrow ribbon through for hangers. You could even use metallic pipe cleaners or twine to hang them.
What makes your Christmas traditions uniquely yours?