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The Ornament Box: A Family Tradition

Updated on November 28, 2014

Our Family Holiday Box


A Treasure Chest of Love and Fun!

We get to open a treasure chest before every Christmas! Well, not exactly a chest filled with gold and jewels, but even better.

Our chest is filled with ornaments! Homemade ones and store bought ones, ones that jingle, ones that were gifts, ones from my childhood and ones from the places we visited.The chest is actually a heavy duty makeup/jewelry case, a vibrant fire engine red. My mom gave it to me years ago. Little did I know how it eventually would be used.

Our Ornaments on Display


Decorating the Tree

We are a Bahá'í family, so we get to celebrate all the holidays. Since both my husband and I grew up celebrating Christmas, we are delighted to share with our children the things we enjoyed; making cookies, singing Christmas songs, exchanging presents and going to a Christmas service with extended family.

This also includes decorating a tree. We never bought any fancy christmas balls or ornaments (although there is nothing wrong with that). Our girls made homemade ornaments for the tree. My mom over the years started giving us ornaments to take back with us after visiting her. My mother loves the holidays and she adorns every room in her house with beautiful decorations; some formal and stylish some whimsical and merry.

We started piling them in drawers and cardboard boxes. My Christmas items increased and started getting scattered. I needed a good place to keep them together. Then I remembered the case!

Here's Your Red Ornament Box - Other colors available too.

JUMBL™ Alligator Faux Grain Leather Cosmetic/Jewelry Train Case - Red
JUMBL™ Alligator Faux Grain Leather Cosmetic/Jewelry Train Case - Red

Hard case, tough to protect ornaments against other Christmas articles in your storage bin.


Some of Our Treasures


Make It Your Own

This is what we filled it with. You'll have your own precious gems to collect. Feel free to mix it up. Most of our ornaments fall into the following categories:

  • homemade
  • gifts
  • elves
  • places
  • peanuts (Charlie Brown)
  • ones from my childhood
  • music ones that were gifts from my students.

Opening the Ornament Box is now almost a ceremony. The girls happily grab their favorites to put up. We got some stringed lights and together with our treasures, our Christmas tree decorating is always a joyful, fun day.

More Ornament Photos

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Polar Express BellOur Ornament Treasure ChestOrnaments That Were GiftsI love the old fashioned Elves!Ornaments GaloreOur Beautiful Christmas Box
Polar Express Bell
Polar Express Bell | Source
Our Ornament Treasure Chest
Our Ornament Treasure Chest | Source
Ornaments That Were Gifts
Ornaments That Were Gifts | Source
I love the old fashioned Elves!
I love the old fashioned Elves! | Source
Ornaments Galore
Ornaments Galore | Source
Our Beautiful Christmas Box
Our Beautiful Christmas Box | Source

More Jingle For Your Jangle

Bendable Pixie Elf Doll Shelf Sitter 9" (Single Elf - Comes in Assorted Colors)
Bendable Pixie Elf Doll Shelf Sitter 9" (Single Elf - Comes in Assorted Colors)

I LOVE these vintage looking elves. My favorite type of ornament (aside from my children's homemade ones!).


What are your ornament stories?

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    • Kim Milai profile imageAUTHOR

      Kim Milai 

      5 years ago

      @ThreeQuarters2Day: This is a wonderful story and tradition. Maybe it'll give others ideas too!

    • ThreeQuarters2Day profile image

      Dawn Romine 

      5 years ago from Nebraska

      I give my kids an ornament every year which represents their life for the past year. By the time they are in high school they have 18 ornaments, and they will receive an ornament every year which will go on our tree until they get married. Then the box will go with them to start their new family tradition tree.

    • LoriBeninger profile image


      5 years ago

      What a nice tradition.

    • Adventuretravels profile image


      5 years ago from UK

      very beautiful. I think I'll start a new family tradition too. Thanks for the great idea.

    • Kim Milai profile imageAUTHOR

      Kim Milai 

      5 years ago

      @spanofagnat: So glad! Have fun with it. :)

    • spanofagnat profile image


      5 years ago

      Stealing this idea! Thanks! Great idea : )


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