Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Our First Christmas Tradition

There are so many wonderful traditions that go along with celebrating Christmas. Family traditions seem to create the very best memories...memories that you can hold on to forever. As we get married and start families of our own, it's fun to establish new holiday traditions.   

Our first "Martin Family Tradition" came about unintentionally...and I guess it started even before we got married. It goes back to the first Christmas we were dating when I gave Ryan an ornament for his non-existent Christmas tree. The following year we both got each other ornaments, and so the Christmas ornament tradition was born. After we got married, we decided that we'd pick out one ornament together to represent something special from that year and wait until Christmas morning {or whenever we exchange gifts with each other} to hang it on our tree.  

Christmas Tradition
2011: The beginning of our ornament tradition.

Christmas Ornament
2012:  The long-distance relationship ornament. 

Christmas Ornament
2012: Ryan gave me this ornament the night we got engaged {12/22/2012}.

Christmas Tradition
2013: An ornament to represent buying our first home together.

Our Christmas ornament tradition evolved a bit while we were on our honeymoon in Aruba. We knew we wanted to take home some type of keepsake to remember the trip, but we had a hard time finding a souvenir that wasn't ridiculously cheesy. We finally found a small "beach in a bottle" trinket and decided we could turn it into an ornament. Thus, travel souvenirs were added to our ornament tradition.

Christmas Tradition
November 2013: Aruba

Christmas Tradition, Skiing
January 2014: Breckenridge, Colorado

Christmas Tradition, Guitar, Country Music Ornament
August 2014: Nashville, Tennessee

Christmas Tradition, Domaine Carneros
November 2014: Napa Valley, California

Do you have a unique Christmas tradition?

Today I'm linking up with Katie {Katie Elizabeth}, Lisa {Lisa Loves John}, Annie {Home of Malones} and Cait {Home Sweet Ruby} for the Christmas Holiday Link-up. Thanks for hosting, ladies!