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A great tradition my immediate family does every night we put our tree up and decorate it is surprising each other with an ornament. We shop for an ornament that we believe describes one another or reminds everyone of a certain event that happened with that person from that year. Each person gives an ornament to each person while someone takes pictures too (and of course there is Christmas and chocolate chip cookies served with milk for everyone to eat!). Last year, my family and I stopped by an incredible ornament store in Gatlinburg,TN while on our Thanksgiving vacation where we bought most of our ornaments. My brother spends what seems like a lot of time in the bathroom, so my Dad bought an adorable ornament that had a bear in an outhouse for him. It was so cute and we all had a laugh while giving ornaments! This is also a great idea for new families trying to start a new ornament collection or trying to find new and unique gift ideas for the holidays. Kids who grow up and leave the nest also have up to eighteen years of ornaments and a tradition to take with them!
Contributed by Amelia Brumfield