these holders) and unwrapped the ornaments, talking about where each one came from (often, who made it or where we bought it while on vacation). And once we had been through them all, we segwayed into a game of I spy with the ornaments. This reminded me of an idea that I had last year.
I created a quick book with photos of some of our ornaments. I did a bit of a cheat here. I used iPhoto to create a book, and then just saved the PDF and printed it for our quick use. If I were going to purchase a book (which I might - I really think this would be a fun keepsake), then I would take photos with a better background than our old doodler, and I might add some information about each ornament, to make it more interesting in the longterm.
I've uploaded our book just to give you an idea of what ours looked like (sometimes he dictated the text to me, so the language may sound a bit awkward here and there):
Ispy Christmas Book
Now that our tree is up, we use the pages to play I spy with the tree. If it seems too ambitious to take photos and upload them all, then you could also just do a quick word book -- "I spy an angel,"
"a Santa," "a reindeer," "something green," etc.
Companion Book --
The Bibliophile recieved I Spy Christmas last year, when he had just turned 2. I think it is time to dig it out again this holiday season. It is a nice level of challenging without being frustrating.
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Comment! Are your ornaments, like ours, a mismatched group of homemade and sentimental keepsakes, or do you have a perfectly coordinated/themed tree each year?
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