For many people, the holiday season doesn’t truly begin until the tree goes up. And yet the vast majority will buy a set of basic ornaments once—either Christmas-themed Santas and reindeers or those ubiquitous red, green, and metallic balls—and never update them. After all, since they’re used only during holiday season, they can last a long time.
Others decorate their trees with the sentimental handmade things that their children made when they were in elementary school, as if decorating the tree out of a sense of duty. But those those chipped Disney ornaments and crumbling candy canes can still remain meaningful if they’re lovingly stored in a safe place—or just hidden in the back of the tree.