I started a new Christmas tree tradition this year. I purchased an ornament on each of our fun field trips. I wanted something to remind us of what we enjoyed about each place but I didn't want to clutter the front of my refrigerator.
So a new tradition was born! Let me share with you a few of the fun places we visited this year.
The New Bedford Whaling Museum entertained us on THREE separate occasions! I briefly shared about our first trip last fall. The Museum is definitely worth a visit. You see 5 REAL whale skeletons, climb aboard a scale-model whaling ship and learn about whaling. (If you live in RI, the Cranston library has FREE passes!!)
The New Bedford Whaling National Historic Park is located a short walk down the street. They have a junior ranger program with an excellent booklet and enthusiastic park rangers.
In May we visited the Washington, DC area. We toured Mt. Vernon, the Space Museum and walked the National Mall. As a history buff, my favorite stop on our trip was Mount Vernon but my favorite picture from our trip is of my family on the Mall.
This picture is a 2 for 1. The egg shaped ornament is from Minute Man National Historical Park. We learned about the beginning of the American Revolution and the ride of Paul Revere (bonus point: Did Revere complete his ride?). They also have a junior ranger program for those interested.
The pewter ornament on the right is from Slater Mill. We learned about the birth of the American Industrial Revolution, saw a working water wheel, and watched cotton turn to thread.
This ship-in-a-bottle represents the Mayflower II, a replica of the Pilgrim's ship to America. The life-sized boat is docked in Plymouth, Massachusetts and is available for tours. VERY cool field trip for the week before Thanksgiving!
My favorite ornament this year is the Pilgrim lady and her child. We ALL enjoyed our trip to Plimoth Plantation the week before Thanksgiving. Seeing life-sized replicas of the Pilgrims homes inspired my children. Our favorite part of the trip was watching a blacksmith hammer metal into nails. VERY cool!
I am so glad I collected ornaments from our field trips this year. Looking at them on our tree adds to our memories and the specialness of our holiday!
Do you collect ornaments from you vacations, field trips or outings? If so, what is your favorite one?