It is that time of the year again... Bringing the box with Christmas ornaments from the attic and decorating the tree is always a bit unpredictable.
Are all the ornaments there or are some missing? Maybe we misplaced the star? Are garlands knotted? Even if we have found them, is everything o.k. with the ornaments in the box? In many cases some will be scratched and cracked. Frankly, it is hard to predict all possible complications.
In some cases something made to look our home more appealing, gives just the opposite impression.
Nobody wants cheap looking Christmas tree! Proper storage where individual pieces can't rub against each other is one, although partial solution. There are also several ways to revitalize worn ornaments with paint, glue, glitter and a pinch of creativity. Well, it's probably a good to think about replacements too and have few extra pieces to use just in case if something happens to our main 'supply'.
But what kind of replacements will fit in particular environment? How to incorporate new stuff and keep the tree classic? How to choose new ornaments without sacrifice the homey feeling?
Over the last few years photo Christmas ornaments became increasingly popular. They are still made from classic materials, they are durable and in no way effect the classic ritual of ornament hanging which is so important in so many families. On the other hand the photo motifs open wide array for customization and personalization. Nothing wrong with snow flakes, Santa face and reindeer but why not adding picture of our children too?
Maybe we can even hang the ornaments with our kids' photos made at different occasions and make some kind of Christmas tree time machine? Just a mere look at pictures from birthdays, parties and other special occasions can instantly build a true holiday spirit which is all about family and memories. With so many customizable options a photo Christmas ornament can also serve as a great gift idea for members of our extended family.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!