When I was a kid, my mom had a Christmas tradition of giving my brother and I each a new ornament every year. They were always very fitting of our personalities and hobbies. It was something I looked forward to the most every holiday season. When we’d put our tree up my mom would hand a small package to each of us and, even though we knew it was an ornament, the excitement was almost too much.
My mom never stopped giving us ornaments, it didn’t matter how old we got. She use to say, “You’re never too old for Christmas.”
And I believe that 100%.
When Curtis and I got married, we continued this wonderful tradition. It is my absolute favorite Christmas tradition in the history of ever.
Putting up our tree has special meaning. Each ornament that is unwrapped is a memory full of love and happiness. I still have my ornaments from when I was a young child and to most they may seem ugly and weird. But for me they symbolize not only the wonderful holiday memories I have, but the incredible efforts my mom went to in making sure that our Christmas was always special and unique.
After nine years of spending the holiday season together, our Christmas tree is sporting some pretty awesome Batman and Star Wars ornaments…there’e even an Indiana Jones in there.
And of course, lots of Mickey Mouse.
These are Curt’s ornaments this year.
I usually only give him one, but you can’t just make one superhero ornament. I mean, c’mon.
He about died when he opened the box. He absolutely loves them!
And they’re “super” easy to make. Ha ha. (terrible, I know)
Ok, so I started by finding the superhero logos I wanted by doing a Google image search. I printed and cut them out.
Then took some clear glass ornaments and took the toppers off.
Using acrylic paint, I poured paint in the ornaments in the corresponding superhero colors; grey, blue, red and green.
Making sure to get all the inside of the ornament well coated.
Then I poured out any excess paint and left the ornaments upside down for a day or two so all the paint could drain out and dry.
Hint: empty toilet paper rolls cut in half work perfectly as ornament drying stands.
Once the paint was dry I stuck on the superhero logos. I used my little sticker maker, but glue would work just fine too.
Put those toppers back on and the super balls are ready to hang!
Only problem is now I’ll have to come up with a really killer ornament for next year.
Eh, I’ll worry about that later.
What are some of your favorite Christmas traditions? I’d love to hear about them.
Until next time…..
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