This post is part of a year-long sponsored post series with Hallmark.
Ornaments have always been a big deal in my family. It started when I was born – one ornament from St. Nick each year so that when we moved to our own homes some day, we would have a beautiful collection to go with us.
I attribute my love of ornaments, especially ornaments from Hallmark, to my Mom. You see, she has always loved Hallmark ornaments. Every year she would receive several – usually Santas – to add to her collection.
I remember trimming the tree with her and opening dozens and dozens of Hallmark boxes filled with ornaments. Each one had the year on them, and sometimes a note of who it was from.
This year, when Hallmark said they wanted to send our family some ornaments to review, I asked if they could send one for my mom too since she was coming to help with the kids at the end of October. They graciously said yes. (As a side note, it is sort of amazing to me that I get to work with Hallmark every month because it is a brand that has touched my life in so many ways for SO many years.)
The kids and I carefully went through the ornament catalog to select the perfect one for each of us and for Nana. We selected the Poppy Holidays ornament for Nana because:
- It plays “Let it Snow”, which was my Nana’s (mom’s mom) favorite song
- Snow makes us think of Wisconsin, where she lives
- We loved that it “popped” snow – animation/music of any kind is especially awesome for the kids
Elias and Adeline were delighted to give it to my Mom and she loved it. I know it will make her smile all Christmas.
Today the kids are home from school and Matthew is going to bring the tree in (we do artificial because of allergies and because it lasts longer). I am excited to put these ornaments on the tree, especially knowing that in 20 years my kids will be doing the same with their families.
Our new Hallmark ornaments will be some of the first ornaments on the tree. Here’s what we selected:
- For daddy: Matthew picked the Amazing Grace piano because it plays one of his favorite hymns. It is lovely.
- For me: I picked Silent Night, Holy Night because I loved the sweet Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus. It also reminded me of expecting our own new baby right after Christmas.
- For Elias: Naturally, he selected a Star Wars ornament. The Rise of Lord Vader says a line from the movie! I think Elias pressed the button 25 times the night we got it.
- For Adeline: Like I said in my blog post last week, Adeline loves Cinderella, so naturally she selected the Cinderella ornament.
I know that each of these ornaments will bring joy for many years to come. I’m so thankful for traditions like Christmas ornaments and companies like Hallmark that are a part of the memories.
Do Christmas ornaments hold a special place in your heart? What ones mean the most to you?