Traditions are more important than how many gifts are under the tree on Christmas morning.
As an adult my grandmother used to give me one gift each Christmas, a different horse ornament to hang on my tree. I cherished these and looked forward to each new one. My children also looked forward to that one small gift from me. For my youngest it was eagles, my oldest received a small wolf themed present.
I wanted to continue that tradition with the grandchildren.
Every Christmas I give each grandchild a cross stitched ornament for their tree with the blessing of their parents. Each design is selected based on the likes of the child.
The thought behind this was that one day, when they are grown and I am no longer here, they would have a reminder of how much I loved them when decorating for Christmas.
Not every child might cherish a handmade ornament instead of pricey toys, I’m lucky in that my grandchildren love to receive handmade items.
This year the oldest two turned the tables on me. They asked if I was going to make them ornaments again. When I told them I was they asked if this year they could finish them.
If I had ever questioned whether the children loved these ornaments I would have had my answer at this moment.
I pulled out the many mini designs I’d finished and let them pick out their favorites to take home and finish. As I set out the completed designs the children acted as if it was already Christmas, in the end not only did the children pick out a couple for each of them but their father’s partner picked a couple she wanted to add to her tree.
I’m looking forward to seeing their finished ornaments.
Do you have a special tradition you cherish during the holidays?