Ornament Exchange Tradition

by Melissa

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Here’s a fun tradition idea: a Christmas ornament exchange!  


Last Christmas, my older sister had the fun idea of doing a cousin’s ornament exchange. I have 5 sisters (including my sister-in-law) and between all of our kids, there are 11 cousins… and counting. We don’t do a gift exchange between the kids (to keep things simple), but an ornament exchange was a festive way to get these little ones thinking about their cousins and sending some Christmas cheer early in the mail.

My little boy Blake painted these gingerbread men all by himself. He did a pretty good job, wouldn’t you say? He hand- picked all the colors for each cousin, which is why some aren’t the traditional Christmas colors. I love it that way! I wanted him to be involved as much in the process as possible.


I did the hot glue-ing of the buttons and then we attached some baker’s twine to make them ornaments.


Packaging was not required, but isn’t it more fun to open something pretty? We put each ornament into a striped bag, added some twine, and a little monogram sticker tag for each cousin.


Thanks for organizing this ornament exchange, Emily! We had a blast! Let’s make it a tradition.


Who would you do an ornament exchange with?

This post is part of the Tradition Tuesday series. Come back on Tuesdays for a new tradition idea!  If you have a favorite holiday tradition you’d like to share, send me the details at [email protected] or tag #sofestivetraditions on Instagram).

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