Family Travel Christmas Tree
Christmas already?! Not yet, but I wanted to share one of our most beloved traditions so that you may be able to start the tradition with your family this year.
Beginning of the tradition
Many years ago, on our first vacation as a family we started the tradition of buying ornaments, At each place we would pick out an ornament and bring them home. Then, when it was time to get out the Christmas tree, we got to bring them out and relive the trip.
After a few years, our travel ornaments were taking up a lot of space on our main tree. So, we decided to have a dedicated family travel tree. Each year, we make hot chocolate, get out the ornaments and talk about each trip, memories, funny stories and special moments.
What If You Forgot Or Couldn't Find An Ornament
Not to worry! There are a lot of options to find ornaments from your vacation. A lot of places have online stores with Christmas ornaments. Bronners’s Christmas Wonderland offers several travel ornament options as well.
If you aren’t able to start the tradition this year, know that you can always start it at any time!
Other Ways To Remember Your Travels
- Buy postcards on your vacation and have yours kids write what their favorite part was, or what they thought of the new food they tried or just their favorite memory. Once home, use hole punch on the corner and put them on key ring. After each trip add the new postcards
- Collect soil, sand or even rocks from your travels. Once home, put them in labeled bottles or write the location and date on the rock
- If you go to a destination using a different currency, save a few paper bills and frame them
- Shadow boxes are great! Inside you can place airline tickets, entry passes, brochures etc..
- If you frequent beach destinations, collect sand and/or seashells. Displaying them in a vase or decorative jar is always pretty.
- Each child gets a memory box to decorate and place items/memories from vacation inside
If you don’t collect travel ornaments there are numerous other ways to make ornaments that are meaningful
Here are three other low cost suggestions:
1.If you enjoy beach vacations, bring home some sand and small shells from the beach. Place them inside a clear ornament and voila! A perfect way to remember that vacation at Christmas time. Ours is from our vacation to Gulf Shores.
Tip: Make sure you superglue the top on the ornament, sand is heavy and you don’t want it to come apart and break
2. If you have younger children, have them write down their Christmas wish list on a smaller piece of paper and write the year on the corner of the paper. Use a pencil to “curl” it slightly and place inside a clear ornament. We did this when our boys were younger and we love seeing what they asked for each year.
3. After our wedding we had several extra invitations. I cut the invitation into strips and curled each strip on a pencil and placed them inside an larger clear ornament. This ornament is incredibly special to us and a way to remember our wedding during the Holidays.
Our family travel tree has become such a beloved tradition for us, I hope this article inspires you to find a tradition that works for you and your family!
There is something so special about just getting out each ornament and reminisce about where we’ve been as a family. While traveling we get really excited to look for Christmas ornaments and deciding which ones to buy.
Do you have a family travel tree?