Did your family have heirloom or cherished ornaments? Did you ever string popcorn and cranberries? Did your family or ancestors make Christmas ornaments?
I don't remember any real heirloom ornaments. There was nothing that had been passed down from previous generations that we put on the tree. I do remember that we had some favorites though, and my sister and I would try to grab our favorites to hang on the tree. Yes - competition even at Christmas time!
One year, when we were all grown up and my younger sister was either first married or engaged we came up with the great idea that we were all going to MAKE Christmas tree ornaments. Each person (I think this was my parents, sister and husband and I) was to make 5 ornaments of whatever kind they chose and then keep one and give one to each of the other people so we would each end up with all 5 different kinds of ornaments. I have no idea WHY we thought we each would need our own separate stash of ornaments - we usually only had 2 trees...one at Mom and Dad's and one at my sister's house. Anyway, we thought this was a great idea for some reason.
As it turned out I only remember that my brother-in-law and I completed the task. He hand painted hollow eggshells and somehow managed to attach something to the top to hang them. I crocheted snowflakes and put silver glitter on them. I totally forget what the others started (or planned.) Needless to say, that "tradition" didn't make it past the first year!! We do still have the eggs and snowflakes. I'm going to try and get a picture of them from my sister to add here.