We all have items that were given to us by our parents or grandparents that become very dear to our hearts. They’re treasures that we take care of and every time we see the item, it brings to mind the memories of special days from childhood or special times spent with the person. Many families have heirloom Christmas decorations that have been passed down since the early nineteen hundreds.
Heirloom gifts are like pieces of puzzle piecing one generation together with another. Some people didn’t come from families where Christmas decorations were passed down and everything you decorate with you purchased yourself.
If you don’t have that legacy, it’s not too late to start the tradition and it’ll have special meaning with your loved ones. You can start the tradition and give your own family something they’ll treasure and pass along to their family.
Heirloom Christmas decorations range from simple to elaborate from plentiful to rare finds. You can find something to give everyone you care about and giving heirloom gifts don’t have to be limited to family. If you have a friend you consider as close as family, you can give them Christmas gifts to start the same tradition and that’s a great gift idea.
Christmas ornaments that are carefully hand painted, numbered and signed by artists are one such decoration that can become an heirloom decoration. You can find these ornaments with Christmas scenes on them or they can be simple ornaments decorated with bright colors and bits of ornamental beads.
Another ornament good for collecting to pass down are the fragile mouth blown ones. These ornaments are finely made in such places as Italy, Germany, Poland, Egypt and other countries where the art itself is a tradition taught for centuries. Because they’re imported and because of the workmanship involved, these are at the high end as far as prices go.
You can also find treasured heirloom ornaments here in the United States that can become part of your family history. Some companies offer characters from children’s fairy tales as heirloom ornaments.
Heirlooms don’t have to be limited to be Christmas ornaments only. You can find books that can be heirloom gifts to pass down. There are Christmas dolls you can display around your home and then give to your family. There are Christmas quilts that are heirloom quilts, trains for the boys in your family.
If your children are already grown, you can still start the practice of giving them heirloom gifts, especially if you give them gifts done by a particular ornament creator or an artist. More than the object itself, these heirloom Christmas decorations are a way of preserving the love you have for family and friends throughout the years.