I love the idea of having a box full of Christmas memories to give my girls when they leave our home and start their own families. Since we made so many ornaments this month, I feel like we have a great start on their boxes. Besides the wire temple, Christmas symbols and Shores of Galilee ornaments, I added some nesting dolls, toys, and fancy boxes from my Abu Dhabi stash.
I love what Patti Brown wrote about her family tradition of an ornament and letter every year, and would like to do something similar: “Every year I purchase an ornament for my son, and take some time to write him a letter about our year. I include really basic things, like who is currently President, how much a loaf of bread and a gallon of gas costs….those types of things. I also include personal reflections and thoughts about the year, what was going on in our family, and of course, quite a bit about him specifically. This typically ends up being a fairly lengthy letter – at least two pages – but it’s something I love doing every year. It brings me a sense of peace and closure about the year, and it also makes me feel like I will somehow be able to be connected to him down the road, even after I’m gone. I’m very honest in the letter – I share with him the struggles we have faced during the year, and how we made it through. Inevitably, because our faith is very important to us, I typically also share something about that. I fold up the letter, and tuck it in with whatever ornament I purchase for him, and store it in a box that will someday accompany him when he ventures into adulthood. I try to purchase an ornament that reflects something about the year. ”