Weekend Review: Christmas Tree Decorating

Happy Monday, my loves! Can you believe it's already Thanksgiving this week? Where has the time gone? With the holidays quickly approaching, my husband and I decided to decorate our tree this past weekend since his parents are visiting for Thanksgiving and we wanted to celebrate Christmas while they're in town.

Our first Christmas together back in 2010, Chad told me that he and his family have a tradition where they exchange ornaments of significance for that year. When he told me about this tradition I immediately loved it! Over the past 4 years we've added to our collection and I figured I'd share our sentiments with you all :)

For our first Christmas and the first ornament that started my joining the tradition, Chad got me a baking sheet with Christmas cookies with the year we first started dating on the top. Baking and decorating cookies (portraits of each other to be exact) was our first holiday themed activity we did together when we first started dating (pictured above).

The following year we spent Christmas with his family while his dad was working in Jamaica and was where we got engaged! His parents gifted us a Jamaican ornament to always remember the memories we made there!

For 2012 we moved from FL to NC and tried Kayaking for the first time. It was such a fun experience and we can't wait to do it again!

And of course, in 2013 we had our wedding in Lyme, CT (read more about our special day here) and our parents got us an "Our First Wedding" ornament with the date and location on the bottom. His parents and mine all got ornaments for our wedding that year in the same cute gift shop.

That same year my Aunt sent us an ornament of a bride and groom- how adorable is it? LOVE it!

And there's our little 4 foot Christmas tree with all of our sentimental ornaments that tell our story thus far. Make sure to check out an upcoming post after the holidays to share what our 2014 ornament is!

Do you have any Christmas traditions? Do you gift sentimental ornaments each year as well? Let me know in the comments below!

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