Cultured Americana Holiday Tradition: Ornaments Tell Our Stories!

Like with a lot of things this crazy and amazing year, this post is a bit late. However,  I thought I'd go ahead and write it anyway. Today is 3 days after Christmas 2016. The best Christmas of my life as it was my baby girl's first Christmas. I've always loved holiday traditions. With having a little one of my own, I am so excited about sharing my traditions with her and starting new ones. A tradition I have had for many years has been to get ornaments that symbolize great things that have happened during the year. A lot of times I get ornaments when I travel or I pick up ornaments that represent exciting things like my daughter's first Christmas. Here are a few ornaments that mean so much to me and my family! Enjoy! 

 Heléna's First Christmas! This picture was taken about two weeks after Heléna came home from the NICU. Newborn Photoshoot credit: Sara Jennings  sarajenningsphotography.com

Heléna's First Christmas! This picture was taken about two weeks after Heléna came home from the NICU. Newborn Photoshoot credit: Sara Jennings sarajenningsphotography.com

 Yes, those are Heléna's tiny fingerprints! I will cherish this ornament forever. 

Yes, those are Heléna's tiny fingerprints! I will cherish this ornament forever. 

 Bella's first Christmas in her forever home...Christmas 2011! 

Bella's first Christmas in her forever home...Christmas 2011! 

 One of my favorite ornaments. In fact, I keep this out all year long. I got this Pinocchio ornament during my 2014 trip to Italy! This was one of the cheapest souvenirs I purchased and one of my favorites. I believe it was no more than 1 euro! 

One of my favorite ornaments. In fact, I keep this out all year long. I got this Pinocchio ornament during my 2014 trip to Italy! This was one of the cheapest souvenirs I purchased and one of my favorites. I believe it was no more than 1 euro! 

 Mauii! My childhood dog. He has been gone for quite some time but he was one of my oldest friends. I had him from age 9 to 24. 

Mauii! My childhood dog. He has been gone for quite some time but he was one of my oldest friends. I had him from age 9 to 24. 

 I snuck and took this international trip in April 2016 when I was about 6 months pregnant! Day trip to Victoria from Seattle, WA! 

I snuck and took this international trip in April 2016 when I was about 6 months pregnant! Day trip to Victoria from Seattle, WA! 

 Finally! My Mommy is a Grandma! Granny's first Christmas 2016! 

Finally! My Mommy is a Grandma! Granny's first Christmas 2016!