How to Make a Christmas Ornament Time Capsule for Kids

by Marcy on November 19, 2014 · 2 comments

how to make a christmas ornament time capsule for kids

How to Make a Christmas Ornament Time Capsule for Kids

One of the things that I love the most about the holidays is bringing out our Christmas decorations and thinking back to my Christmases as a kid. I especially love unpacking all of the Christmas ornaments that I received as a child, that my mom gave to me after I got married. I have ornaments from past teachers, grandparents, aunts and uncles, my parents and more. What an awesome gift to give a child!

When it came to establishing Christmas Traditions with my own kids, I knew that I wanted to do the same as my mom had done for me, and collect ornaments for them to take to their own homes some day. Last night as I helped our daughters put up their small Christmas Trees in their rooms, I was reminded that I have been wanting to share my ornament storage idea with you.

I do not consider myself to be the best at preserving memories for my kids, but this is a little project that I am proud of, and it could not be easier! I decided to call this a Christmas Ornament Time Capsule for Kids because that is basically what it is. In addition to storing all of the ornaments that my girls receive each year, I also place any letters from Santa and special mementos from holiday programs, plays etc…that we attend. Last year we went on a Polar Express train ride, so I included the program, their name tags and the silver bells that they received in their time capsule. Every year when my girls unpack their boxes, they talk about past Christmases and the fun they had.

Here is what you need to make your own Christmas Ornament Time Capsule for your Kids:

That’s it!

Every year I purchase my girls a Hallmark Ornament (usually a series) and/or a personalized ornament with their name and year on it. Those gifts are separate from Santa gifts and are from us (mom and dad). My grandma is also good about buying my girls ornaments every year, and sometimes they get them from other family members. Another fun Christmas Ornament tradition is to buy an ornament when you travel – our main family Christmas tree is full of ornaments that I have collected from trips over the years!

When I pack up our ornaments for the year, I grab a Sharpie and write on the inside lid of the ornament box who the ornament was to, who it was from and the year. That way, my girls will always know who bought their ornaments and how old they are. You can see an example of this in the picture below:

christmas ornament tradition for kids

I have two girls, so I have two bins. I put a name label on each bin (you could also write on tape or on the actual container) so that we know whose ornaments are whose. Some day when my girls are grown and move into their own place (*sniff), I will easily be able to send their Christmas Ornament Time Capsule along with them.

make a christmas ornament time capsule for kids

That’s it! This is a nice, easy and meaningful way to store your kids’ Christmas memories for years to come.

Do you do something similar for your kids? I would love to hear about the traditions that you have established for your family in the comments!
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1 Mindi @ Moms Need To Know November 20, 2014 at 11:02 PM

One of my most cherished boxes of Christmas decorations is my yearly ornaments from my childhood. My mom would give us a new ornament each year with the year on it. When we grew up and moved out of the house, we each got “our box” of decorations to start our tree in our new home. Some of them are cheesy and cheap (think “Dollar Store decorations”), but even at the age of 45, I insist on hanging them up on my tree every year!

2 Theresa Convey July 2, 2018 at 9:31 AM

I need individual storage damp proof envelopes or packets for a time capsule. What can i use. These will be stored in a container for 30 years

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