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Tylenol is celebrating all the ways families come together during the holidays, and today I’ll be joining in on the fun to share #HowWeFamily with our all-time favorite holiday tradition. Join me for a trip down memory lane!
2009 marked my first Christmas as an adult.
Or at least, I thought I was champion of adulting at that point. Proof remains to be seen.
The pilot and I were very proud of this momentous occasion and decided we needed our own special holiday tradition right off the bat.
Something we could document and look forward to throughout the years… Something we could rely on despite deployments, distance, travel, and typical holiday hustle and bustle… Ooh! And it has to be something warm and fuzzy.
Since I call P Bear and he calls me Bird, we took our nicknames to the tree! Each year we pick out an ornament to match each other’s spirit animal.
We try to stick to unbreakable ornaments in hopes that we’ll be able to keep them around forever, though a few porcelain birds have snuck their way onto the tree over the years. I bubble wrap those bad boys within an inch of their life each year. I would say this precaution is because of our daughter, who joined in our ornament antics back in 2013, but that would be a flat out lie. I’m queen of clumsiness in this household and have a long standing record for breaking the most breakables. The chickpea tries to keep up, but I’m pretty good at holding on to my title.
Seriously we’re running out of drinking glasses at this point. And plates. And pyrex bakeware. And… Just wrap me in bubble wrap, mmkay?
As for my chickpea, we couldn’t decide what animal she should be. There’s not exactly an abundance of hummus and/or legume ornaments for the taking. Our indecision resulted in a medley of wacky ornaments that have little relation to one another but somehow each symbolize a little bit of her explosively colorful personality. They’re eccentric and I love them!
Without further adieu, here’s our family’s little ornament exchange time capsule…