Did your family have any heirloom ornaments? We had a lot of old ornaments that we cherished. Probably the most interesting are those made from Mount St. Helens ash. We got about a half an inch of ash here in Spokane. I still have some ash in a bucket in the basement.
Did you ever string popcorn or cranberries? No I don't remember stringing any popcorn or cranberries. We did make paper strings of colored paper and glued rings together like a chain.
Did your family make any Christmas ornaments? Mom made a lot when she was doing ceramics, see the pictures here from my 2009 Advent Calendar.
Mom also made some glass ornaments. She bought the clear glass ornaments placed decals on the outside, poured some paint inside and then fired them in the kiln to set the decals and cure the paint.