One thing I looked forward to after learning I was pregnant right before Christmas last year was celebrating the holidays with a little one. Friends have told me that Christmas is so much more special once you have a child, and now I can see where they’re coming from.
With the holidays comes traditions, and I’m looking forward to continuing holiday traditions from when I was little and new creating ones with Owen.
One family tradition I plan to continue with Owen involves my white ceramic Christmas tree. My late Aunt Patricia made a tree for both my brother and I when we were little. My mom used to put them in our bedrooms at Christmastime. Needless to say, it’s one of my most treasured possessions.
Since Owen isn’t sleeping in his own bedroom yet, the tree will assume its usual position on our entryway table, but next year I intend on displaying it in his room. I hope this tree will be passed on for multiple generations to enjoy.
A new tradition Brad and I decided that we want to implement is making a special ornament with Owen each Christmas. Since this is his first Christmas, we wanted to make a salt dough ornament of his handprint.
Here’s how I made the ornament:
Preheat your oven to 250 degrees.
Combine 2 cups all-purpose flour and 1/2 cup salt. Add 3/4 cup luke warm water. Mix together. Knead for 5-6 minutes. (I recommend wearing gloves while you do this because the salt can dry out your skin.)
Roll the dough out with a rolling pin.
Press hands into dough.
Note: You may want a little help with this with infants. Brad held Owen and I pressed his hands into the dough. Also, make sure you wash your baby’s hand off afterward because the salt can dry their skin out.
Use a round object to cut out the handprint. I used a biscuit cutter.
Make a hole at the top. I used a wood skewer.
Place on a cooking sheet with parchment paper.
Bake for 2 hours.
I wrote Owen’s name and “2014” on the back of the ornament, followed by a coating of Mod Podge to help preserve it.
Here’s our dapper little man with his handprint ornament. Isn’t he festive in his plaid bodysuit and black cord pants?
Perhaps I’m biased, but can you say baby model?
Macy’s has festive kids clothing in lots of bright colors and patterns. Dressing up for the holidays doesn’t always mean wearing reds and golds, but how adorable is Owen in this plaid button-up? He looks like a little adult!
I had to include a spit bubble shot because it’s Owen’s newest party trick.
While I was at it, we decided to try to get some photos with Jack and Owen. This one best represented this portion of the photo shoot.
Jack is eyeballing the treat Brad is holding, and he’s clearing looking forward to devouring it, while Owen has moved on to one of his favorite hobbies — chewing on his fingers. But doesn’t it look like he’s intently looking at a piece of art and saying “Hmmm…”?
I can’t wait to make a Christmas ornament each year with Owen.
I’d like to come up with some more traditions for our little family so share some of yours with me in the comment section.
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