We've carried on a tradition from Chris's family that each person gets a new ornament every year. When Vicki was three we were so poor that we couldn't afford to buy new ornaments (at least not the ones I thought were cute), so we made our own snowflakes out of popsicle sticks, white paint, and glitter. The next year we made snowmen out of pompoms and pipe cleaners. And so began a new tradition...now I have to come up with a cute and creative homemade ornament for us each year. This year we bought wooden shapes at the craft store and let everyone paint their own. It was a lot of fun, and luckily our table cleans up easily.
Vicki worked very painstakingly at her angel, trying to get it just right: Lexi's snowman started out yellow and went through several color transformations:
Ellie just loved to glop on as much paint as she possibly could, and kept saying, "I'm painting! Look Daddy! Me! Painting!"
Note the very femenine lips:
Lexi's turned out pretty psychedelic: For all the layers of paint she put on it, I'm impressed that Ellie's bear turned out anything but brown:
Aaaaaand...the 2007 Ebert family Christmas ornaments: