Sentimental moms…. we’re all out there. Wanting to capture and keep each moment, each handprint craft, every perfectly scribbled picture, and we hold on so tight… hoping something will change in time. Praying the next day they won’t wake up a day older.
Every Christmas it really hits me that as the days at times seem to slowly pass… the years are at a rapid pace. The handprints seem to get a little bigger…. and their eyes a little brighter as they start understanding the meaning of Christmas.
I want to hold onto each Christmas….never forgetting a moment. As I get older, I realize my memory will quickly begin to fade (it’s barely there now), so to capture our small little moments each Christmas we created some family traditions. These traditions are keepsakes that I hope brings memories for years to comes in our kids, grandkids, and great grandkids.
What we use:
My husband and I have made our Christmas ornaments since our very first Christmas together, and now we carry on the tradition with the kids.
The ornaments bring us laughs, conversations, and heart tugging memories that we seem to have forgotten as the years roll on by.
Hand and Footprint Crafts
What we use:
-Small Canvas or White Paper
Each year I love to make a hand or footprint craft of the kids. As the kids get older, I realize they seem to enjoy it more and more. It really is an eye opener when I lay the old and new handprints side by side. A piece of me wants to be able to hold onto the tiny hand that once was… but loves the hand that wraps around my neck when melting me with their kisses.
Handprint Growing Tree
What we use:
-White Canvas or White Paper
-Stick-on Ornaments (I found my stars at Hobby Lobby)
My mom shared this idea, and I loved it! Make a growing family tree. Each year the kid’s add a handprint and a dated ornament. As the years go by, the kids will add a handprint at the bottom causing the tree to grow bigger. Eventually I will have to add another canvas.
Time Capsule Pictures
My mother-n-law came up with this idea the year my son was born. Every year all she wants is a picture of all the girls and all the boys. It is a keepsake that she can pull out for years to come. Not only will it document the growth of the kids each year, but the growth of her family as a whole.
Christmas Tree Height Chart
I LOVE some height charts… I actually have a pretty feminine one in my daughters room, and I look at it anxiously (I just want to mark it everyday dang it).
It is exciting not only for parents to keep, but the kids love to see their growth. Plus we can always use the line “drinking milk got you here son”.
Instead of keeping a chart out all year for us to stare at as we impatiently wait to mark on it…. why not take out a Christmas chart each year?
There is a number of ways you could do this:
-draw a tree on white butcher paper, saw out a wooden Christmas tree, or cut out a felt/foam/cardboard tree
-create yearly ornaments using one of the above materials
Each year mark your child’s growth using an ornament with the date written on it. Eventually the kid’s can even decorate their own ornaments.
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!
Psalms 119: 9: How can a young person stay pure? By obeying your word.
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