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A Collection of My Christmas Decoration Favorites

Updated on February 15, 2018

I have many great memories of the Christmas season as a child. We always celebrated Christmas in a special way with family, although it wasn't always on Christmas day due to the distance some had to travel. Part of our family tradition was handcrafting decorations, gifts and baking. I was the youngest of eight children and each year we had to make a gift for each person. We didn't have much money so we had to get creative in what we could do to make it special. I have always appreciated handcrafted decorations because of this.

When I moved into an apartment on my own, my oldest sister crocheted snowflakes, angels, booties, etc to fill my first Christmas tree. I still have them and use them every year as part of my Christmas decoration. The tree just isn't complete unless there is something handcrafted in it. When I look for new decorations to buy I look for something that is unique and not replicated a hundred times. Some traditions are tried and true, but I think there is always room to add more that you can share for years to come. I hope you enjoy the ones I have chosen to share with you.

Glass Ornaments

I once visited a glass-blowing shop in Florida and became absolutely intrigued by the art. I've watched many shows on it as well and think it takes a special person to be able to work with this medium and make it look good. Painting glass ornaments is an intricate fine art that deserves to be appreciated.

Handspun Wool & Yarns

I lived on Vancouver Island for years and each weekend there was an outdoor market at the city center. Several artisans spun their own wool and would demonstrate at their kiosk, selling their product as well as the designs they had created. I was intrigued by the skill it took to get the right thickness to create the correct texture.

Christmas Books

A friend of mine always looks for a new book each year to read to her children and grandchildren on Christmas day. A couple of years I joined them in their special family time and was delighted with each of the stories my friend would read aloud to us. Max Lucado is a writer who has published some wonderful illustrated hardcover books which are not only a good read but also a decorative piece to put on the coffee table for friends and family to enjoy.

Artistic Pieces

I love the colors and the calming themes Thomas Kinkade brings into all his art. His use of light offers hope in even the darkest of circumstances. Whenever I look at his artwork it makes me want to be there—it is warm and inviting.

Christmas Puzzles

Jigsaw Puzzles have also been one of my favorite winter/Christmas traditions. One year when I was living in an apartment with very little surface room to decorate, I bought a puzzle with the Nativity Scene to use as a wall Christmas decoration. I still have it and put it up every year. It has now become a tradition for my husband and I work on a puzzle each year during the Christmas season—it is a great way to spend time together during the chilly days of winter.

Christmas Music

I love Christmas music and it decorates the air with its cheerful sound. There is so much to choose from but many years ago my sister and I discovered Boney M's Christmas album and Christmas decorating just isn't the same without it!

Another voice I can't get enough of is Andrea Bocelli—enough said!

Casting Crowns sings a new rendition of some old favorites—a refreshing, uplifting album.

For wonderful instrumental, nothing can beat the Trans-Siberian Orchestra—what amazing music!

Christmas Baking

A fun thing to do together with adults and children is to create a gingerbread house. With the basic tools, you can make your own masterpiece! It will be a one-of-a-kind decoration you can enjoy new every year.

Using the gingerbread recipe, cookie cutters, or an artistic hand, many decorations can be made to hang from the tree. Or, personalize them and give them as gifts that others can enjoy.

Take Time for Joy

If you take the time to plan ahead, the Christmas season can be much less stressful and become more joyful. If making memories and creating your own family traditions is important, there are many simple things that you can do. It is those family times when we secretly created gifts, baked goodies together, sang Christmas carols, or simply listened to music that are the most deeply embedded in my memory and I will treasure them forever.

© 2010 Flo Belanger


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      3 years ago

      This is way more helpful than anhiytng else I've looked at.

    • FloBe profile imageAUTHOR

      Flo Belanger 

      8 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Jo Deslaurier...they are nice, aren't they! I'm glad you like them. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Jo Deslaurier 

      8 years ago

      The red and white Christmas stockings you picked out are adorable!

    • FloBe profile imageAUTHOR

      Flo Belanger 

      8 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Raymond...thank you for stopping by and commenting. I wish you a blessed Christmas as you and yours.

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      Raymond Tremain 

      8 years ago from Metro Manila Philippines

      Well I can say that we just buy decorations we used to fill the tree and could not see it, but yes to have a hand made orniment would be lovely to hang.

      God loves you

      and have a blessed christmas

      Ramon xo

    • FloBe profile imageAUTHOR

      Flo Belanger 

      8 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Pamela99...I'm so glad I could help you get into the Christmas spirit! Blessings on you and your family this year and may you enjoy making more memories.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      FloBe, Your hub made me feel excited about Christmas. I love the same music and all the baking also. I had some of my patients when I was a home health nurse crochet snowflakes for me and they will always be a treasure. Thanks for bringing me into the spirit of the season.

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      Flo Belanger 

      8 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Stephanie Henkel...isn't it nice to have those reminders year after year? It makes it so special to be able to share the memories with those you love.

      Karanda...making things together is a whole adventure in itself. I think we have lost the part of our culture (at least in North America) where we have things that remind us of the good in our life. Each time we remember, it brings a smile to our face and that is a good thing!

      "Quill"...I always enjoy the handmade gifts from others as well. It makes me feel special that they went to that extra effort to make something for me. Glad you came by.

      Peggy baked goodies at Christmas is such a good idea. Each person has their favorite recipes and it's fun to get what others have baked. One year I made my own chocolates as well and who doesn't enjoy chocolate! :)

      onegoodwoman...I enjoyed remembering as I wrote this hub. It is good to think of those things that have brought joy in years past and to build on it for the future. Thanks for stopping by.

      DeGreek...good to see you again. Hope you and yours have a wonderful Christmas season (just in case I don't see you around before then :)

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      De Greek 

      8 years ago from UK

      With Christmas galloping towards us, what an apt subject :-)

    • onegoodwoman profile image


      8 years ago from A small southern town


      What a charming recollection!

      Like you, I also have a preference

      for the unusual and unique.

      Thanks for giving us pause for reflecting.

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      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I used to crochet little red and little white bells that looked cute on Christmas trees. Gave many of them away as gifts also. For many years, homemade Christmas cookies have been given as gifts. Sounds like you have some very happy memories! Nice hub for this time of year!

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      8 years ago

      Love te handcrafted decorations ones others have made are especially hung in fondness.

      Blessings and Hugs

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      Karen Wilton 

      8 years ago from Australia

      We have some wonderful hand made decorations in our family that continue to be brought out year after year. These are of course, the truly special ones especially those that were a shared event in the making. Lovely hub.

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      Stephanie Henkel 

      8 years ago from USA

      I loved to handcraft ornaments and Christmas decorations with my kids and grandchildren. Now that they're grown, we all still have some of those decorations to remind us of the special times we spent together. I enjoyed your hub and your personal touch!

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      Flo Belanger 

      8 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      cwarden...what a wonderful tradition with your children. Each year would be a time of remembering and a great treasure for years to come. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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      8 years ago from USA

      I decorate my tree with hand painted ornaments that my children have made every year since they were 2 years old. We add to the collection every year!

      Holiday traditions are wonderful. I love the thought of completing a puzzle together. Thanks for the great idea!


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