2016 Orthodox Kid’s Ornament Exchange

Every Christmas for the past eight years, here on OrthodoxMom.com, I’ve hosted an ornament exchange for Orthodox kids.   Parents and children gather around their tables and create the most beautiful Orthodox Christmas ornaments to swap between our families.

Families are separated into groups, usually 10-12 per group, and we all make one ornament for each  family and ship them off along with other little snacks, stickers and goodies.  The kids love checking the mail to see what treasures arrive each day!A few years ago we bought a special box to keep the precious ornaments that we’ve received over the years.  The boys love taking them out and reminiscing on the times they arrived and what goodies accompanied them, before hanging them on the tree.  It’s so much fun for all of us.

Ornament Exchange

So, it’s time to start organizing the 2016 Orthodox Kid’s Ornament Exchange.

We have a fabulous turnout every year,  I think there was a total of over 103 kids last year!  If you have pics, please email them to me at Sylvia{at}OrthodoxMom{dot}com.

Here are a few links to some posts from Christmas’ past…

2010 Ornament Exchange

2009 Ornament Exchange

2008 Book Swap

The rules of the swap are simple:

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

02. Include a card (handmade or not) making sure that their name is legible, so we know who they’re from.

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

04. Packages must be postmarked by Saturday, December 17, 2016 to ensure time for the children to enjoy their ornaments before Christmas.

05.  Ornaments are sent one per family.  Sibling names are included so that packages and cards are addressed to all of them.

PLEASE be sure if your ornaments are going to be shipped late you notify your group. It happens and it’s not a huge deal, just be courteous and let the others know.  I got a couple emails last year from families sent out X amount of ornaments but did not receive the same amount back.

***Please be sure to package your ornaments accordingly, it’s so sad when they come in broken after all the hard work the children put into them!

If you’re interested, please email:

  • Your children’s names, ages
  • FULL ADDRESS

to Exchanges{at}OrthodoxMom{dot}com by Sunday, December 11!

BE SURE TO PUT “2016 ORNAMENT SWAP” in the subject line!!  This really helps me keep track of all the emails!! 

Comments on this post will not automatically sign you up!  So be sure to send an email so I have your email address so you can receive the list of names and addresses for your group.

2 thoughts on “2016 Orthodox Kid’s Ornament Exchange

    1. Hi! We’ve participated for a few years. What she’s saying is that you provide one ornament for every family in your swap group, not every person. If you have a list of 12 families, you make and ship 12 ornaments whether each family has one child or six. Some people include other goodies (such as stickers, pencils, candy, etc) and they normally provide enough of those for each child (so a package to a family with three children might contain 1 ornament, 3 candy canes, 3 pencils, and a little note from your children to theirs). Hope that helps!

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