It was my aunt Frances' tradition that I carried on, to have the kids each have a box of their own in which I place ornaments they've made or that I've bought specifically for them through the years. It's a box full of memories that each will eventually be able to take with them when they move away and start decorating their own tree. And each year without fail, it is the most anticipated moment when we can go through each girl's box to ooh and aah over their individual collection.
Of course, once they've hung their own ornaments (seemingly all on the same branch, smack dab in the center of the tree) they lose interest in the rest and proceed to play and touch everything while we attempt to keep our patience and finish the decorating.
Once everything is cleaned up and put away and only after all of the lights in the house have been turned off, do we allow the switch to be thrown and the perfectly lit and beautifully decorated tree to shine!