Monday, December 8, 2014

The Hallmark Christmas Tradition by Kristin Wallace

The first ornament, 1976
Christmas is all about traditions. Every family has one. Mine has to do with Hallmark. My family started collecting Hallmark dated ornaments in 1976. We've bought one every year since. (That’s 38 years for those who like to add.) Since I’m not married I still get to decorate the family tree at my parents’ house.

This year's entry.
It’s always such a treat to open the boxes and take them out every year. So many memories to uncover. There’s a Santa carrying an Olympic torch to symbolize the 1984 games in L.A. We’ve got a few angels singing because my entire family sings in the choir and we always have a Christmas program. I have some personal ones featuring books because I’m always either reading a book or writing a book. A baby’s first Christmas from the year my niece was born. It’s my dad’s job to take the ornaments out of each box while my mom and I hang them on the tree. We always joke about how he stops for each one, marveling at how the early ones were so inexpensive, and of course, there are a lot of “Oh, I remember this one.”

A box filled with memories…literally. My favorite part of Christmas. Does your family have any traditions when it comes to decorating?

Kristin Wallace writes inspirational romance and women’s fiction filled with “love, laughter and a leap of faith”. She is the author of the Covington Falls Chronicles, romances set in a quirky Southern town with a character all its own. Her latest Chronicle is a sweet holiday romance, BY CHRISTMASYou can visit her at Kristin Wallace Author

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  1. Such nice memories of your family's ornaments. I love looking at my ornaments as I trim the tree, but this year, I've decided to go through my ornaments and send some to my kids because I'm getting a much smaller tree.

  2. My ornaments have been thinned by my kids moving as well, along with the nativity my daughter loved and the big Christmas stocking with Santa on it.

  3. I love your tradition. Most of our ornaments would pretty much break, to be honest, but I love the Christmas Santa toys - Santa Bears and one year, a Santa Kiwi! - so we get those out, they're fun!

  4. When I was young, I wanted a tree like in the stores--all matching. Now, my tree looks just like my mom's with all ornaments made by kids or with their pictures.