I'm so excited for Christmas this year! Last year, it melted my heart when they came downstairs and saw all their presents from Santa. The wonderment is priceless. This week, I just introduced the girls to a certain boy band's holiday album. Yep. Ryan didn't appreciate as much, so we turned it to the "Hallmark Holiday Favorites" channel on Pandora. We're getting Ryan (e.g. Mister Grinch) in the mood y'all!
This year, Conrad will be celebrating his FIRST Christmas! I am beyond excited. As our family tradition, each of us always get a Christmas ornament. Our tradition first started when Ryan and I were dating and we would get EACH OTHER an ornament that reminded one another about each of us. Somehow, it would end up being outdoors related. Slowly, it evolved into getting ourselves one that represented our year. For this year, I was really excited to shop for Conrad's ornament because it would be his first ornament EVER.
On my weekly stop at Walmart, I saw that they had an awesome line up of Hallmark Christmas Cards AND Hallmark Ornaments. I first stopped at the end cap where they were located. They had an amazing selection, and I saw they had Anna from the Disney Frozen movie!
Elsa I knew could be challenging to find because everyone little girl wants her. What I also found is that they also had some of the Hallmark Ornaments along with the Hallmark holiday cards as well. And there was Elsa!
I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw that they had all three kids' ornaments there waiting for me: Elsa and Anna (obviously for Ansley and Aubrey) AND a Baby's First Christmas (for Conrad). Amazing. I crossed that off my long holiday "to do" list.
Posing of course. Little sister is Anna, big sister is Elsa. Could this not be more perfect or what?
The girls loved putting ornaments on the tree:
I got Olaf in there too, just for kicks:
This was the picture I landed on for little Conrad's Hallmark ornament:
What I also wanted to do this year (now that our family is complete) was another tradition with the kids. And you could do it too! This is a very FUN ornament tutorial that involves the whole family. Its what I'm calling the "Kissing Reindeer Thumbprint Ornament".
paper to make thumbprints
black sharp tip marker
For each member of the family, choose whose thumb will make each body part. Then just dip your thumb in the paint and print.
Let it dry for a few hours. Then, draw the nose, smile, eyes, antlers, and legs. Add name of each person's thumbprint.
Cut it out and put it into the ornament. You can put fun holiday floral around the ornament as well to add flare.
Now, you'll have everyone's thumbs for this year forever engraved on an ornament! What a fun tradition, right?
Hallmark Ornaments along with my tutorial are the perfect addition for celebrating a baby's first Christmas and a newly minted family of three kids! See more great holiday ornament ideas and tell me which ornament you're most looking forward to this season. I'd love to hear about your favorite family traditions!