Orthodox Kid’s Ornament Exchange 2011 {Sign-ups}

We will be doing our annual Orthodox Children’s Ornament Exchange again this year! 

The rules are posted below, so please leave a comment if you would like to participate. It is only one ornament per family and last year, I believe we ended up making a total of nine, which included one to keep at home. If there is a bigger turnout than expected, I will divide the families into groups. 

It was a lot of fun and I know my boys loved getting so many fun packages in the mail!  

If you would like to participate please sign up a.s.a.p. as I will be posting partners on Tuesday!

The rules:

01. Each child will make enough ornaments to send one to each member of his/her group. ORNAMENTS MUST BE HANDMADE.

02. Include a card (handmade or not) making sure that their name is legible.

03. Adding other trinkets, candies, stickers, etc is a nice gesture but it is not required.

04. Packages must be postmarked by Monday, December 05, 2011 to ensure time for the children to enjoy their ornaments before Christmas.


The photo below shows some of the ornaments we received in last year’s exchange.  



Some ideas for ornaments are:

Cookie clay ornaments

Cinnamon ornaments

Color or cut an icon out and place in an ornament frame

The Crafty Crow has a fun list of kid-friendly ornaments

You can pretty much “Orthodox” any ornament idea by adding an icon or something. Old catalogs are perfect for cutting out icons to use. They are the perfect size and there is usually a great selection. The Conciliar Press catalog is my favorite one. Whenever a new one arrives, I look forward to cutting up the old one and making something fun with the boys. :)

If anyone has any questions just ask! I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with again this year!!


  1. Hi, can my kids join?:)

  2. my kids would love this. can we join?

  3. Sophia was just asking about this as she was looking over her ornaments from the previous years ! We love that you do this, it is a Blessing. Count us in ! The Major Family

  4. The Milak family would like to participate! I've been waiting for years until my oldest was old enough to help make these =)

  5. Oh we had so much fun last time!The kids said they would like to sign up again, so count us in.

  6. The Dotsikas Kids would love to participate again…thanks Sylvia! :-)

  7. Gage family is participating.I have 4 boys ready to craft

  8. We would like to participate in the ornament exchange! Thanks!

  9. we would love to participate, but we live in Greece. Are you willing to have a sort of pen pal ornament exchange with Greece?. please let me know, Varkados Family

  10. The Vazquez children would love to participate in the Orthodox ornament exchange.

  11. We would like to participate, too, please. :)

  12. Hello Beloved Sylvia, Yes Macrina and I would love to participate. Looking forward to seeing the post and making our ornament! Macrina is looking at ornament ideas right now!

  13. Yay! So glad to have you all participating! I forgot to mention in the post for you to leave an email address with your comment! If you would be so kind as to do that now, I would appreciate it. Thank you!!

  14. The Putchat family would love to participate! I'm Jane and my e-mail is mj90 at live dot com. :)

  15. jdjackson17 at gmail dot com

  16. I would love for my daughter to participate. How can we join in? Last year I left a comment to join in, but didn't hear back–I know it can get very hectic around the holidays. We are especially excited for the ornament exchange this year. Thank you so much for organizing this:) God bless. Irene

  17. Please include the Schmidt family in the exchange. We've done it in past years and it's so fun! I have three kids.tessertime at gmail dot com

  18. Milak family — toni.milak at gmail dot com

  19. Leaving another comment with my email — sammeecat at gmail dot com. :)

  20. The Edwards' family would like to join the ornament exchange. Our email is dre612@verizon.net.

  21. We'd like to participate! Please count us in ~ Thanks Sylvia! Love, the Grasos Family at eleniemarie@gmail.com

  22. We would be so thrilled to participate again this year! We enjoyed it so much! Thanks,Andreaabed4@hotmail.com

  23. I would love to join if it is not too late!

  24. I forgot my email address … loewe@comcast.net

  25. YES! for the 3rd year in a row yes! :)-Olena Fitza & Family (4 kids)pravoslavna77@gmail.com

  26. Sorry we forgot to include our email. The Vazquez family email is czvmail@aol.com

  27. our email is tomelay@gmail.com (O'Melay Family)

  28. varkados from Greece dounouli@otenet.gr

  29. forgot my email address and don't know if you still have it. chrstene@gmail.comthanks…christine major

  30. The Chambers Family is in, 2 kids. Evangelia & Kostantinos @ kiriaki98@yahoo.com

  31. we signed up but where's the listGoerke boysChris and Greghangoerk@optonline.net

  32. Is it too late? If not the Dakis family would like to join in Odakis{at}gmail{dot}com.

  33. Yay! So glad to see you all joining again this year! Bear with me, my computer is on the blitz. I Planned to have the list posted today but it's very difficult to do from my iPad. Im going to try to get it up from somewhere else tomorrow!! :)

  34. If it's not too late, we would like to be a part of this.Kellie Tandilyankatandilyan@gmail.com

  35. Can we still sign up or is it too late? It sounds like a lot of fun! shanshannershan@yahoo.com

  36. Hi Sylvia – I had mentioned that my daughter sophia would like to participate in the ornament exchange, but did not provide an email address. It is irenecolligan@gmail.comThanks for organizing this. It will be fun:)

  37. Hi Sylvia – just checking in to ensure you have my address for the ornament exchange. It is irenecolligan@gmail.com. thanks so much!

  38. Debbie,I'm sending an email to everyone now and I don't have your email! If you get this message, please post it!! :) thank you!

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