My dear friend, Judy, started buying Blake a set of Hallmark ornaments that corresponded with his birth year and grew along with him for five years! They were the best gift ever! They are little boy puppies that begin as a baby, and grow up a bit each year thereafter. We now do the same yearly ornament for Taylor too, it is so fun to get to unwrap the first present of the year and hang them on the tree.
|Blake with his first ornament|
|opening "this year's" ornament gift|
The first memory card reminded us that Blake would rather watch the dog unwrap presents and just play with the wrapping paper. The second year, Blake got a John Deere Gator and a little vacuum cleaner just like Mommy's and guess what? He wanted nothing to do with the cool ride-on toy...he'd rather vacuum around it!! (Billy wasn't happy, lol!) The next two years cards are bittersweet, they recall wonderful memories of grandparents who have since passed...the memories, where does the time go?
We loved the memory card sooo much that we continue it, each year. I let them buy one special ornament each year that represents what they are "into". When we pack them all up for the year, we take time to write that one special summary of this Christmas. I used my collection of old Christmas cards that I hadn't thrown away to cut out cute memory cards, we pack them away with the decorations to remember next year!