Christmas Memory # 8 – Ornament Exchange


Christmas Memory # 8 – Ornament Exchange Click to view



For the days up until Christmas I’ll be sharing some short memories of Christmases past that I remember.


For a lot of years our family had fun with what we called the ornament exchange.

It worked kind of like the white elephant game, in that everyone brought a Christmas ornament (wrapped), and put them in a pile in the center of the living room. Then in turn, each of us would choose a gift, unwrap it, and then the next person would get one and do the same. To make it fun, we could keep what we’d unwrapped, or tell another person they want to exchange it for theirs.

This game could go on a long time, with the ornaments being swapped back and forth for awhile. But …

For some reason hardly anyone in our family wanted to swap or exchange – they seemed happy with the first thing they unwrapped. Maybe so, but that’s not really the point of the game. Maybe they just didn’t understand it all that well?

We did this for several years, and it was always the same. haha 🙂

Everyone did still have fun, and we did get some cute and silly new ornaments each year. We’d ooh and ahh over the cute ones, and laugh at the outrageous ones.

Most all my Christmas decorations and ornaments are packed away, far back in the garage closet, or I’d dig them out. We don’t decorate much any more, but there are some old favorites in the stored boxes.

Here’s one that never got packed away – it’s a little bar-be-que grill.


Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 BS



10 responses »

  1. We didn’t do anything like that, but I remember all of the novelty and handmade ornaments we had on our tree for a long time when I was a kid. A lot of them were ones me and my sisters made at school. Then one year, the bag with all of those ornaments wasn’t there the next Christmas. My Mom was upset and I’d be lying if I said it didn’t bother me as well, given how attached I get to random sentimental items…. but it was never found. My Dad likely pitched it unknowingly on one of his cleaning purges when the house got too messy…

    • Oh, that’s too bad that some of the old favorite decorations were lost like that. Hope maybe y’all had photos of the tree when they were on there. I might have one or two things from our childhood tree ornaments, and quite a few from when my kids were little that were saved. 🙂

  2. That’s adorable! I had to purge our belongings, including Christmas decorations, when we moved to a condo but I still found room for a few of the pieces with sentimental value.

    • Thanks, Candice! It is pretty cute. They have so many ornaments for sale these days, don’t they! I’m glad you kept a few favorite one of yours. We should go through the ones we have, but they are all stored away at the moment. Still, whenever we have gotten them out, it brings back memories. 🙂

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