This is my first Christmas away from home, and while my family suggested I bring some of their ornaments with me, I thought it would be nice to leave them there for their tree. When it came time to decorate, though, my partner and I realized we didn’t have any sentimental crap for the tree at all. Sure, we had the super sparkly purple baubles, but let’s be honest: I bought those for year-round decorating cause they’re just so pretty.
So how do you make a tree special when you haven’t yet collected sentimental ornaments? You use the keepsakes you have around the house.
That photo above has a diamond napkin ring, my graduation tassel and his favourite childhood keychain, my name tag from when I was a camp counselor eight years ago, and one of his goofier-looking downhill biking season pass photos.
For the topper, he had the genius idea of using my Winnie the Pooh puppet from when I was a baby.
Now our tree is completely personal without spending a dime. Bonus: when it’s time to take the tree down, these “ornaments” go back on the bookshelves and cork boards they came from. Less storage space is required for holiday stuff!