Christmas Traditions

Hello, readers!

Today's post talks about Christmas traditions. Over the years, my family has kept one family tradition alive (with less than 5 years where we didn't follow through). That tradition, ladies and gents, is the giving of a Christmas ornament once each year. 

My mom always made it a point to gift us with an ornament each year since our very first Christmas, so that when we grew up and moved out, we would have many years worth of ornaments to place on our tree for our first Christmas on our own, & with our new families. 

Today, I am happy to say that this is mine and my husband's 4th Christmas together. It is also our first Christmas as a family with our son, Nathaniel, and our puppy, Max. 

Each ornament comes with a story. 

This ornament is special to me because it is literally a piece of my childhood. There was once a great big tree in the town square of the City of La Vista. Around Thanksgiving 2015, a couple of kids decided to vandalize the tree by taking saws and cutting down branches, cutting into the tree; it was terrible. The city council then decided to go ahead and take down the tree, but leave the core of it which was then designed like a tree, then decorated with minimal lights and a star. The remaining bark transformed into hundreds of these special ornaments. 

This is our Christmas 2016 ornament. Can you guess why? Why yes, it is because we got married last year! I also picked out the one of Mickey & Minnie because on our very first Valentine's Day together, Greg got me a Mickey and Minnie card and he does a really spot on impression of Mickey Mouse. 

This ornament is very special to me. So much so that I even bought a second (which is this one) because the original accidentally got broken. Jerome was my older brother. He would be 36 this year. He passed away at age 27. He died of cancer. His passing changed all of us, for better, worse, & all of the above. 

This is our first Christmas as a family of 4. We are so beyond happy to be parents to little Nathaniel and to our puppy, Max. We can only hope to have many more Christmases with them in the future. 


Merry Blogmas!

Amanda Hansen

Amanda B Hansen is a writer & poet who currently resides in Omaha, NE. 
She is a recent graduate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She holds a Bachelor's in General Studies. Her certifications include English, Music, & Creative Writing. 

Amanda currently splits her time being a full-time Customer Service Adviser at her local Walgreen's, and being an Editor/Social Media/Writing Contributor for Fine Lines Journal in Omaha.