Today’s tips involve tracking and organizing kids’ ornaments for Christmas. I have three children, and I would like each of them to know the origins of all their ornaments and when they got them.
First, I made a word document for each child that lists the year, the ornament, and where it came from:
ceramic snowman (Aunt Helen)
macaroni star (made herself)
glass Mickey Mouse (Mom/Dad in honor of Disney trip)
You get the idea. This is not only great for them to take when they leave home, but it solves some dilemmas now when we’re putting up the tree and the kids begin arguing over who an ornament belongs to. Why, we’ll just look in the database … It also helps refresh memories which can become more vague in the company of hundreds of ornaments.
A final note is to save your ornament list each year to a CD – I speak from experience, as a few years ago our hard drive crashed and I thought I had lost all the ornament lists. Thankfully they were finally retrieved, but not without a lot of headaches.
Merry Christmas to all! What is your method for organizing kids’ ornaments?