Choosing Ornaments, A Christmas Tradition

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We are not what you would consider a traditional type family (we are kinda super nerds), and we don’t have a whole lot of holiday activities that we feel the need to partake in year after year…except for one, our ornament tradition.

When my husband and I bought our house together three years ago, we decided to start our own little Christmas tradition with the kids. We bought our first Christmas tree (fake one because real ones are a fire hazard, just ask my dad). Before we put the tree up, the four of us each picked out a new ornament and our tradition was born! (I assume at some point we will either have to discontinue this tradition or phase out some of the older ornaments.)

Choosing Christmas ornaments is a super simple family tradition that will bring you joy for years to come

We have bought our ornaments from Target and World Market, but this year (since I started early, Yay me!) I decided to check out Etsy to see if I could find any amazing-ness. Annnnnnnd of course I did. Anyone who has read this blog for any length of time knows that I love me some Etsy! Last year I wrote an awesome gift guide from things I found there, and just so you know, I updated the links last week so that you could still buy all those goodies should you so choose, but first, let’s look at all these awesome ornaments!!! Not only would these look splendid on your own tree, they also make pretty nifty gifts.

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Nerdy Ornaments

Stranger Things Christmas Lights: Contact Will with this super cute plastic bulb ornament. I like this kind of subtleness in my nerdy stuff. Seriously, I almost scrolled past, and then I was like back up is that a Stranger Things reference?

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AT-AT Walker: Not that we don’t already have a bunch of Star Wars ornaments on our tree…but we don’t have a silver engraved AT-AT. Do you?

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Harry Potter: This ornament is so adorable. It is gold and sparkly, and it is Harry Potter themed! What could be more perfect? Plus, I don’t think we have any HP ornaments…yet.

Jareth, The Goblin King: I love Labyrinth as much as the next girl, but this choice was really for my teenage daughter. She ADORES David Bowie and everything Labyrinth. This one is all silver sparkly and would probably look fantastic next to the Harry Potter one.

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Tiny Book: We are a family of avid readers. So this miniature book ornament could really be for any one of us! Actually, I am not sure why we don’t already have a million little book ornaments all over the tree.

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Circuit Board Robot: This ornament was picked with my little guy in mind. He loves his computer. I mean we all love our computers in this house, but he LOVES his computer. He hopes to be a professional CSGO player before he is fourteen, and he loves to learn about coding and computer programs. So what better ornament for him than one made of a circuit board!

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Traditional-ish Ornaments

Peacock Bulb: I love this handpainted glass bulb! The colors are so beautiful, and I really love the ribbon hanger. I’m not sure if it would fit in with all of the other nerdy ornaments on our tree, but I may just have to try it out and see. 🙂

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Rustic Moss Bulb: A little greenery to go with your Christmas greenery! I have a soft spot for rustic farmhouse decor, so this bulb is right up my alley. Plus, I think the twine for hanging is such a nice touch, don’t you?

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Animal Ornaments

Sloth Hugging Hot Chocolate: My kids love sloths! Oh, who am I kidding, I love them too! They are just so darn cute, and this one is hugging hot chocolate. ♥

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Narwhal in a Santa Hat: Narwhals are another favorite around here. I guess they are so awesome because they are basically sea unicorns, and this little guy was handthrown in a solar-powered studio. I believe that ups his awesomeness points by a thousand.

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Fa-la-llama: We hold llamas right up there with narwhals and sloths. My teenager especially likes them. She even owns some llama pajamas. I feel like this little porcelain disc may be her favorite ornament on the list!

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Christmas Elf Mouse: This festive wool mouse is so darn cute. I just love his tiny little face peeking out of his big hat. He is the adorableness every tree needs!

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Unique Ornaments

Gingerbread Unicorn: This little guy looks like a really skinny tattoed My Little Pony, and that makes him pretty darn amazing! Made of Polymer Clay with a little candy-cane stripped horn, how can you not love him?

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Beardaments: While these are not exactly for the tree, they are ornaments. My husband has a fairly thick beard, so naturally, the kids always want to hang things in it. How excited will they be when we get beardaments! Although, I am not so sure he will share their enthusiasm. 🙂

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Christmas Moon: This vintage soviet ornament is made from mercury glass which I adore. The ornament itself reminded me of a meme, and since my son is currently obsessed with memes, I found it a good choice for our tree.

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Bike Chain Star: Remember up ↑there where I said my son was obsessed with computers…well, my husband is equally obsessed with bikes. We have a ton of bike-themed things in our household, and we already have quite a few bike ornaments but not one made of actual bike chain!

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So, what do you think? I hope you like my ornament choices, but if you don’t find exactly what you are looking for here, don’t fret! There are like 250 pages worth of Christmas ornaments on Etsy, and I barely scratched the surface. You should definitely be able to find something worthy of starting your own ornament tradition!

What holiday traditions do you celebrate at your house?


  • Reply Mary Leigh November 17, 2017 at 11:03 am

    This is so fun! We get a new ornament whenever we travel. I love taking them out each year!

    • Reply darabre@gmail.com November 19, 2017 at 6:33 pm

      I never even thought about buying travel ornaments! That is an awesome way to remember a trip!

  • Reply halfa1000miles November 18, 2017 at 10:43 am

    I love most of these! Last year we bought ornaments from Etsy that had shredded pages from our favorite books. They were inexpensive too and were a cool gift.

    • Reply darabre@gmail.com November 19, 2017 at 6:34 pm

      I miss you, my friend! Hope all is going well with you 🙂

      Those sound like an excellent gift idea for the bookworms in my life.

  • Reply Katie/Celebrating With The Bug November 18, 2017 at 11:00 am

    So fun! I love the stranger things ornament !!! We love Christmas and pick out a ornament every year too!

    • Reply darabre@gmail.com November 19, 2017 at 6:35 pm

      The Stranger Things one was a solid find for sure! That show is too awesome, right?

  • Reply Caroline @ Love Cake Create November 18, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    These ornaments are fantastic!! Not your run-of-the-mill ornaments which I love. There’s at least 5 there that I would love to add to my tree! Thanks for sharing such a great collection 🙂

    • Reply darabre@gmail.com November 19, 2017 at 6:36 pm

      Awesome! I’m glad you found some you like 🙂

  • Reply oldhouseintheshires November 20, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    So cute! I love that little Elf mouse! Not so sure about the beard decorations!! Great post!


    I have a Christmas linky if you fancy it!

    • Reply darabre@gmail.com December 1, 2017 at 10:45 am

      I will check out your Christmas linky! (this comment went to spam so I hope I’m not too late!)

  • Reply Christopher November 21, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    They’re all great but I can’t get over how fantastic the narwhal is. And I love the beardaments. Those really are a delightful way to spread some joy. The holidays can get a bit stressful but if I saw someone wearing beardaments I’d be smiling all day.

    • Reply darabre@gmail.com December 1, 2017 at 10:45 am

      I think it should be a mandatory thing for all bearded men!

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