The 5 Perfect Types of Christmas Tree Ornaments

We have had five types of ornaments on our Christmas tree over the years. One of the five types just doesn’t find the room anymore. Let me explain the five types with some pictures. Can you guess which one we don’t use anymore?

1. Personal Ornaments

We give each of our children an individual ornament every year for Christmas. We write their names and the date on the ornament with a Sharpie. These become some of their favorites, personal ornaments they keep in their own box in storage.

2. Homemade Ornaments

The kids make their own ornaments for each other. They’re typically messages of love and encouragement. They often don’t have the longevity of the personal ornaments (they’re sometimes just scribbles on paper), but that’s okay. We just replace them with new ones.

3. Family Ornaments

Every few years or so we get one ornament (or two or three) that allow us to record all the names of our kids and grandkids on the ornaments. It’s tough to find ornaments that can do this for our big family, but when we do find them during the year, we buy them.

4. Landmark Ornaments

We don’t have many of these kinds of ornaments, but the ones we do have are special memories of big events in our life. Wendy – pregnant with Josiah – climbed Pikes Peak eight years ago. She got this ornament at the giftshop at the top of the 14,000-foot mountain climb.

5. Perfect Ornaments

These are the perfectly shaped, perfectly decorated balls and such. They come in perfectly numbered boxes and look perfect in perfectly decorated living rooms.

Guess which one we don’t have room for?

About Chris & Wendy Jeub

The Jeub Family live in Monument, Colorado. They encourage couples to love God and love one another, building an atmosphere of love in their homes.

  • Nicole

    well I would say … regarding the number of kids multiplied by the number of years each one lived to see christmas’s… I would believe you would have enough personel decorations to have a tree completely covered with them !

    • Chris Jeub

      We still see a little green. Just a little.

  • sfrederick

    I can imagine that your tree is soo beautiful with all your personal and store bought decorations. Happy Holidays to your family.

    • Chris Jeub

      Yeeeaaahhh, you better believe it. =)

  • Jennifer Piper

    So truly awesome! My Christmas tree doesnt have room for those perfect ornaments either! I have only one child and he took most of his ornaments to his house, so mainly I have mine from when I was growing up. Makes Christmas decorating so memorial. Yes I cry like a baby when I put my tree up, which will be this week sometime. God bless you all! Merry Christmas!!

    • Chris Jeub

      Yep, it is awesome. Merry Christmas to you too, Jennifer!

  • T. Gates

    We love a Christmas tree that tells a story. Each ornament brings back a memory. We DO have some plain colored balls we put on our tree (a few) simply because they bring back childhood memories for me. I’m thinking this year we may make a paper chain and cover sweetgum balls with silver foil in honor of the trees my grandmother used to decorate during the Great Depression.