Memory Keeping Christmas Ornament

by Destri on December 10, 2010

felt envelope Christmas ornament
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I love that this time of year presents moments of magic that you just don’t see throughout the year.  Seeing the delight in my kids eyes as we pass neighbors houses all lit up, hearing my son singing Christmas carols, and watching my little girl’s face when she finally saw Santa in the Christmas parade.  All memories I want to hang on to and share with them when they are older.  And I think I’ve found the perfect way to do just that – A memory keeping Christmas tree ornament.  A little keepsake I could make each year that holds all our favorite memories from years past.

writing letters

The idea is to have an ornament dedicated to each year that will hold little slips of paper.  Throughout the season you can write little things you would like to remember.  I wrote the year and my kids ages and also what they are asking for Christmas on one, and then start writing down little things. Like how my little girl runs to the door every night to see if the neighbors have turned their lights on yet, then promptly puts on her shoes on so daddy can walk her over to see them.

I just used felt to make a simple envelope and added a little tree for fun, and then stitched the year at the top.  See that blanket stitch, it was my first attempt.  I thought it would be easy to figure out on my own but couldn’t, pulled out my Martha book, and still couldn’t.  Finally I ended up on you tube looking at videos.  It is an easy stitch once you see someone do it.  A lot quicker than I thought too.

On the back I just attached a brad for a button and then sewed on a ribbon for hanging on the tree.

I keep the slips of paper with an archival pen on my kitchen counter for when opportunities present themselves.  Then slip them into the ornament for safe keeping.

I think as my kids get older it would be fun to have them write down some of their favorite things from that year.  What they got from Santa, one of their favorite activities, what they made for each other.  Fun stuff that maybe their own children can look back through and get a kick out of.  Wouldn’t it be fun to know what your grandparents got for Christmas when they were little?!

Every year I can make the ornament a little different and add another year to the date, and then as we sit around the tree waiting for the big day we can pull out the memories and laugh, reminisce and remember all the fun from years past.  Then one day hand them down to my kids for their children to enjoy.

I think these would make awesome gifts too, just include the paper and pen for them and make it a tradition every year!

gift card holder

Not the crafty type?  I found this little gift card holder at Hobby Lobby.  It would be perfect for this.  Just cut up some little slips of paper and your set!

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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Hannah C December 10, 2010 at 2:53 pm

Destri! I adore this. How do you do it? Keep coming up with such brilliant ideas. I can’t get enough of your blog.


Destri December 10, 2010 at 3:26 pm

Thanks Hanna, you actually read the post before it was finished! I just hit publish instead of save :).
Really though, don’t you think this would be so fun to have for year after year?

Oh, and right back atcha!


Tina December 10, 2010 at 6:43 pm



Amanda December 10, 2010 at 9:35 pm

Love this idea! So sweet and cute!


Desi December 11, 2010 at 9:32 am

I really love this idea a lot! I think, I will start this tradition this year. Thank you for sharing this great tutorial.


Kate December 11, 2010 at 1:33 pm

I love this Destri, so much that I would love you to make one for Aleaxander and one for Oliver – seriously I do and i will even pay you for them….
smiles k8x


Kimberly December 13, 2010 at 5:37 pm

Oh, I love this too! What a wonderful idea! I just might have to whip this one up for this year. Thank you so much for sharing!

Kimberly @The Muddy Princess


Momma Mindy December 13, 2010 at 9:15 pm

What a wonderful idea! There are so many crafts out there, and this is the first one I’ve seen that has my heartstrings attached to it! We make yearly lists as a family, I have never thought to put it in an ornament. Sometimes we just like to predict where we think each family member is going to be in the next ten years. Thank you for such a precious idea!


vonnie December 15, 2010 at 8:03 am

This is so cute! Fun for the grandma’s to look at and look back on to. Or you could make your mother one to put on her tree every year with a copy of your little notes.
I would love that. I’m sure Debbie would also.


Rachel -At the Butterfly Ball December 16, 2010 at 2:40 pm

Wow What an adorable idea! This one I am going to be making! Thanks for posting it! Merry Christmas!!!


Dacia December 18, 2010 at 10:24 am

Visiting from tatertots and jello. What a great idea!


Living So Abundantly December 19, 2010 at 12:37 pm

That is amazingly creative and will mean so much to your kiddos! :)


Jackie Sutt December 1, 2011 at 10:20 pm

Love this! We have LOTS of grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren with another on the way. Each will get one of these, with a note from Gpa & Gma Sutt and paper for parents to make notes. Plus a little crocheted ornament for this year!
Thank you thank you thank you!


gail December 7, 2011 at 11:37 pm

This is great–just the kind of idea I was looking for. I was going to go to bed early but now I have a project.


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