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This is Where Our Family Holiday Ornament Collection Begins

When we asked Whistler if he wanted to go pick out a Christmas tree this year he couldn’t contain his excitement.

Us: Come on, let’s go buy a Christmas tree!
Whistler: Mom, are we going to a Christmas Tree Patch? 
Us: (laughing). Yes.
W: I like Christmas Tree Patches! It’s like a party!!

It was our first year buying and putting up a christmas tree and we were all looking forward to it. Unfortunately in our excitement of getting our first tree, we completely neglected the fact that we didn’t have anything to put ON the tree. Although I quickly turned some of our leftover beach wedding decorations into ornaments (which we LOVE for so many reasons), I also knew we’d definitely be making a trip to the Hallmark Gold Crown store to buy our first keepsake ornaments.

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This post is written on behalf of Hallmark by me. All opinions are 100% mine.

We have had a lot of events in the last few years – the birth of Whistler, the purchase of our first home, our engagement, our first family vacation, and more recently our wedding.  So I have to say I was feeling a little overwhelmed with the need to play “catchup” so that these memories would have a place on our tree. After all, these ornaments are keepsakes, a history of our family to display on the tree each year. After looking through their digital magazine, I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted to buy before we even step foot in the store.

I’ll admit though, I also didn’t plan or budget for the cost of purchasing all these tree trimmings! Luckily, Hallmark is offering a coupon good for $5 off a $10 (or more) purchase at any Hallmark Gold Crown store.  (Coupon is valid for purchases of full-priced merchandise only.) Armed with this, we headed straight for Hallmark’s  Keepsake Ornament line – perfect to commemorate all of our first milestones.

We agreed on purchasing just four ornaments to start, two of which would be Whistler’s choice. My selections were “Our Wedding” and the “Merry Little Christmas” Magic Print Ornament.

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I’m sad that I missed the opportunity to capture, his younger handprints, but as you can see – I was determined to make sure I at least got one year in and lucky for us, it just barely fit!

Whistler immediately chose two of his favorite people, Buzz Lightyear and Iron Patriot. I love the way his face lit up both in store making his selection and at home while looking for the perfect spot on the tree. (Which, by the way, are placed right next to one another “because they are best friends“).

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One of the best things about Hallmark is that they are so much more than just ornaments and greeting cards. For instance, one of my favorite products of all time are their recordable storybooks. Our family is spread across the country and even the world so we don’t get to see each other as often we would like. Each year we have Whistler’s great-grandparents record them so that “Oma” can read him a bedtime story any time he wants!

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PSST! In addition to the $5 off $10 coupon, there is another great special offer good til Dec 24th. Make a $15 purchase and get a Shutterfly Photo Book for free! Print this coupon and see details here.

Jeana S

Jeana S

Research lab rat turned travel mom, Jeana S writes about gadgets, tech, entertainment, weddings and of course, travel. When she's not using her powers for social good, she enjoys photography, cooking and playing robots with her son. On occasion, you may also find her crocheting cute things to hide in Ben's underwear drawer.

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