Do you document new Christmas ornaments? I think it’s fun to remember what year we got each thing for our tree. I’d like to document the ones Mr. P and I got each year since we moved in together. That was 8 Christmases ago. Yikes.
My goal this year is to capture all the ornaments from the first three years, plus keep a record of the ones I didn’t capture so it’s easier to do next year.
As we unpacked our decorations a couple weeks ago, I used post-it notes and took quick pictures of all the ornaments so I can remember which goes with what year.
Focusing on the first three years, I try and get a really nice photo of each ornament hanging on the tree. This usually involves 10-15 photos each while I fiddle with settings.
One slightly annoying thing here is light. Even if I take the photos all at the same time, the light is so different on each part of the tree! I’m ending up with photos that individually look awesome but the lighting and thus coloring on the tree branches really varies! I wonder what it will look like when I put these together in a scrapbook.
When I move the photos to my computer, I delete a ton of them and keep the best 2-3 for each ornament. When I scrapbook this in the future, I think I’m only going to keep the one I decided to use for the book. For now, everything gets sorted into folders by year and is ready for me to work with whenever I want!
From London, we have this tiny little double-decker bus. It’s only about an inch tall!
In China, we picked up this cool red and gold design.
They’re both keychains, in case you were wondering! Christmas ornaments can get expensive, very large, or even difficult to find in some places. Getting a keychain really opens the possibilities! I remove the key ring part, add a hook and it’s done!
What about you? Any special new ornaments or travel traditions from this year?
The hunt for an ornament is always really fun. Sometimes we don’t buy a traditional ornament. On a trip to Philadelphia, we bought a keychain and turned it into an ornament because all the Christmas ornaments we saw were too big and bulky.
Our little camel is actually a figurine carved out of camel bone. Camel bone figurines are a popular tourist purchase in Egypt. The store we went to also had angels, stars and other traditional Christmas ornaments carved out of camel bone.
We had to have the camel, it was too cute to pass up. Do you have any Christmas ornament traditions?
All the gifts are wrapped. The cookies are baked. The stockings are hung. Our bags are packed (mostly).
As we prepare to set off for a family Christmas, I’ll take a moment to show you our Christmas tree. I like to think of it as delightfully tacky. Okay maybe not, it’s just because I had heard that slogan recently.