Sunday, December 2, 2012

tradition sweetness



This year we made the annual trip to the Christmas tree heaven shop with the cousins. It was chaotic and lots of fun. The idea is that each child gets to choose an ornament of their own. No boundaries, well, except the giant stuffed reindeer costing over $800....


This is the first year that Rupi has really understood the tradition. And he just loved it. While Blossom ran around the shop creating havoc he carefully selected his own ornament. Which was....


...an ENORMOUS lolly (sweet)! He truly is his mother's son as this is excatly what I would have chosen as a child! It dominates the whole one side of the tree and makes me giggle every time I look at it. All of his ornaments are carefully hung close to each other and he relates the story of each again and again.


This is Blossom's. I chose it for her as she was randomly selecting candles, lights, tinsel and carrying them all around the store. Bless.

I love this silly little tradition! It doesn't take away from the true meaning of Christmas and provides a great introduction into the Christmas season. Traditions bind family together and this one doesn't get much better!

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12 comments:

Widge said...

Hehe! Absolutely awesome

Leonie said...

A lovely tradition to have! They become the things that add meaning and we look forward to in years to come xx

Miriam said...

cool - that is so sweet!! I love that garish lolly too - I love that you give them the creative license to pick whatever they want!

jacksta said...

yes! Was totally thinking of starting this, this year. And will you let the kids take it when they move out of home? of will it stay in the family tree?

Elizabeth said...

I have thought about this also, but never done anything about it! Such a cute tradition!

Simoney said...

love it!!!
Gorgeous tradition, I love that you do it with your cousins too!
P.S. wanna link up to my Christmas linky??
http://www.greatfun4kidsblog.com/2012/11/christmas-inspiration-link-up-here.html

jennohara said...

What an awesome tradition! Love the decorations! So sweet (literally!)
:)

Sarann said...

Oh I am stealing this one! We still have Christmas decorations in storage and so this is a great idea to get us started. Thanks
Sarann

Sarah of 'Catching the Magic' said...

A gorgeous tradition and love the choices! That sweet made me giggle :)

It's lovely that they remember the stories behind the decorations and each year, as they take them out the box to hang on the tree, the stories will grow...

One day, when the fly the nest (gah... far too far away to think about that, but...) they'll have a little box each of their own special decorations filled with memories of family Christmas times. Gorgeous!

Cat said...

That lolly is huge mwahahahaha loving it such a sweet boy!
My kids receive a new decoration each year also :)

Carol said...

Hi Sammy, would you pls tell me where this Christmas store is. I am sure I went there about 4 years ago but cannot find it now - even on google. I remember the store was pretty magical and I'd love to take my girls back again this year to choose another decoration. Thanks, Carol

Sammy said...

Hi Carol
It's at the top of Carlton Gore Road, in Newmarket. We parked in the domain (next to the hospital) and walked across the park to the shop. The shop is a couple of doors down from the lights. Then we walked back and had coffee at the Columbus on the hospital road, it was such a great morning!
All the best x

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