Every year I give the kids an ornament that is related to something special about the year. Like maybe a football player for the year they started playing football, or their favorite character from that year. This year I was having a hard time finding ornaments that were meaningful for each of them until I saw these clear ornaments at Michaels. These are a bit bigger than the regular round, clear ones. They are also more flat with a wider opening. Once I saw these I knew I had found my idea.
When we traveled to Pensacola Beach in March, we brought back sand and sea shells. I haven't come up with uses for all of it, so I still had plenty left. I poured sand into each ornament and then found shells that would fit into the opening of the ornament. Then I just wrote at the bottom Pensacola Beach 2012. The kids got their ornaments this morning as part of their Advent Calendar and just loved them. They are a bit heavy, so you need to have them on a strong branch. I think they turned out great! What a perfect way to always remember a highlight from 2012!