My Family Christmas Ornament Tradition

One of the things I remember most about Christmas as a child is our yearly ornament tradition.  It started the year I was born.  I was three months old when my first Christmas rolled around, and my mom started the tradition by buying me a gold ornament with my name and the year on it.

Every year, one of the things I looked forward to most was going to the store to pick out an ornament and taking it to the jewelry department to get my name and the year engraved on it.  The ornaments weren't expensive, I think they were probably less than $10.  But the excitement of getting to choose my own ornament and then have it personalized was what mattered.

I hope to start our own ornament tradition with Georgia.  I ordered an adorable hand-painted wooden ornament for her first Christmas from The Dahl House.  I will love taking it out each year and looking at a photo of her on her very first Christmas.  The ornament matches our tree's decorations perfectly, and the exterior of the frame is covered in the same plaid ribbon. 

I also have to say that The Dahl House's customer service is some of the best I've encountered, ever.  They didn't have the exact ornament I wanted on the website, so I emailed to get one totally customized.  They also sent me a tweet when it was finished and on its way!  Definitely check them out for cute personalized ornaments and frames (great baby shower gift ideas!).

Use the code HOLIDAY20 for 20% off your order.  Like them on Facebook for additional deals, if they reach 350 fans this month, you'll get 25% off.  For Cyber Monday they are also offering buy 3 ornaments get one free, plus free shipping.

Does your family have an ornament tradition?  Does anyone know where I can buy the thin gold ornaments?  We used to get them at Wal-Mart, so I need to stop by to see if they are still sold.