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?