Do you and your family have special holiday traditions? I think most families do. My family does.
Each year, my husband and I buy a new Christmas ornament for each of our children. This is a tradition that was started by my mom. When I was little, she would buy me a new ornament each year, that way when I was off on my own, I would have a nice collection of ornament to adore my Christmas tree. We have since passed this tradition down to our children, in hopes that they do the same for their children some day.
Another fun tradition that we do is to drive around town on Christmas Eve to look at all the decorations. We pretend to be “judges” and “award” the displays with titles such as “Most Creative,” “Most Beautiful,” “Most Tacky,” and other titles. Of course these are just make believe awards. We also make up awards as we go along (“Most Use of the Color Green,” “Most Candy Canes…”).
A silly tradition of ours is to watch the movie “A Christmas Story” when it first airs on Christmas Eve night at 8:00 PM, and watch the last showing at 8:00 PM on Christmas day (we’ll watch it here and there during that 24 hour period too). The movie used to only air during that time. Now it comes on throughout the holiday season, but we won’t watch it until that 8:00 PM showing on Christmas Eve.
Some families sit around on Christmas Eve and read the ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas story. That is a tradition I wish I had started with my kids (they are too old now). I love the idea of bringing the entire family around to enjoy a holiday story together.
Now you can invite the magic of Christmas into your home this winter with The Magic Christmas Ornament Collection. This spellbinding Christmas storybook and dazzling tree ornament set will inspire new traditions and pull readers, both young and old, into a world of holiday splendor.
On Christmas Eve, Victoria’s father gathers her and her brothers, Joseph and John, around the fireplace to tell the story of a very special ornament that has hung on their tree for as long as they can remember. Their father found the ornament in a mysterious tree one snowy evening when he was seven years old, and brought it home.
After hearing the story and going to bed, Victoria, Joseph, and John sneak back downstairs, and discover the ornament has magical powers! It whisks them away to the happiest place on Earth: Santa’s workshop!
The children can’t believe their eyes as Santa himself appears before them. They also see mountains of toys, reindeer prepping for flight, the largest Christmas tree ever, and hundreds of elves – one of whom seems very familiar.
This elf, named JJ, gives them a tour around the workshop, tosses Victoria one of Santa’s ornaments, and leads them outside, straight to a mysterious tree in the woods. Victoria somehow knows to place Santa’s ornament into the tree’s knothole, and the magic of the ornament whisks them right back home. When they return, the children know they’ll never forget the magic of Christmas that they witnessed that night.
This beautifully illustrated book features lovely, colorful holiday scenes that will appeal to readers of all ages (even us “older children”).
The hardcover book is available in a set that comes with an ornament identical to the one in the storybook. You can use the book and ornament to start your own holiday tradition, just like the family in the story.
The authors’ father and grandfather, Sylvester (Ziggy) Barbato, was one of nine children from an Italian immigrant family. Ziggy often told James, his son, that their family was too poor to afford toys, but he always vowed that his children would experience the spirit of Christmas nonetheless. The Magic Christmas Ornament is an original story created by James and Victoria Barbato, allowing their family to share the magic of Christmas—and all of its excitement—with yours.
In true Christmas spirit, a portion of all proceeds will be given to the Marine Corps’ “Toys for Tots” program. The book alone is available for $19.95. The price of the full collection is $44.95.
I received the book and ornament set to review.
The books is beautiful. I love the story, as well as the colorful illustrations.
The ornament is really special. I love the design on it. It has an old-fashioned look and appeal to it.
I’m sorry that my photo doesn’t do this gorgeous ornament justice. It is so much nicer in person.
It’s hard to tell from the photo, but this is a large ornament. Not overly big, but it does stand out on the tree.
There is another design on the back (front?) of the ornament. The photo only shows one side of it.
The ornament is colorful, not faded like how it looks in my photo.
I believe that the holidays are a great time of the year for old and new holiday traditions. Why not start a new one this year with The Magical Christmas Ornament book and ornament set.
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What are some of your holiday traditions?
What do you think about The Magical Christmas Ornament book and ornament set?
*I received a free product sample to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.