When Eric and I started dating in high school it was a period of adjustment for our entire family. My parents included Eric in family events, even though we were so young. Mostly because it was clear that Eric and I were in it for the long haul. Ben, my middle brother, was not so accepting of Eric's growing involvement in our family.
He was in that tween phase when Eric started becoming a member of our family and he was just not sure why Eric was allowed to be involved in family only activities, like Christmas decorating, when his friends couldn't be. One year, right in the middle of Christmas decorating, this issue came to a head. He had a major meltdown about the whole thing and made Eric feel terrible. Eric was preparing to leave when Ben showed his kind heart.
He had remembered that Eric mentioned he had made an ornament as a child, a wooden spoon with his elementary school picture on it. In an attempt to make peace Ben made Eric his very own ornament. He took our prom picture and taped it to a wooden spoon. Eric stayed around the rest of the night and every year since. To this day Eric hangs the ridiculous ornament on the family tree every year.