My side of the family does Christmas on New Years Eve. We all have a slumber party at my mom's dance studio and the kids play and dance together. We open presents, eat, laugh, catch up on life, and everyone has a great time. Last year we even dug out old family photos and we laughed (and cried) as we remembered the past. There is a Christmas tree up at the studio, but it is missing something when we get there...the glass ornaments with all of our names on them. Part of our Christmas tradition is finding ours and hanging them on the tree as families. There are also ornaments to remember those that have passed away and are no longer with us. It's something I really enjoy doing and know we'll continue to do for years to come.
These ornaments are very simple. All you need are some glass ball ornaments (sometimes you can find the irridescent kind which are very pretty). You can also do the solid colors as well, depending on the color scheme/theme of your particular tree. Use acrylic paint or glue and glitter to make the individual names for each family member. Try using makeup brushes or cotton swabs to make the application easier.
It's a simple thing, but it will be something you and your family will look forward to each year. It's also a wonderful way to honor those you love who are no longer with you and keep them close at Christmastime. This year, that will be especially important for our family.
As Christmas quickly approaches, I wish you all a blessed time with those you love and cherish and the quiet moments to slow down and reflect upon the tiny baby in the manger...God's most precious gift to us.
The shepherds said to one another, let us now go even unto Bethlehem,
and see this thing which has come to pass,
which the Lord hath made known unto us.
And they came with haste, and found Mary and Joseph
and the babe lying a manger.