I was brave this year, and didn't put out a single ugly ornament from loving small hands created years ago...DH & I are in the process of making new traditions for just he and I as a couple. Our children are all grown and most have families of their own and enjoy their own happy lives...the last thing they need is a sad and lonely set of parents feeling sorry for themselves on this special and wonderful day! So our gift to each other is to become great empty nesters who still love life and can be interesting people! LOL! We have great kids and grandkids and love the times when we can all get together, but because of time and distance, Christmas isn't one of those times at the present. It's been quite a journey to evaluate what things we want to do, without the kids at home...I'm having to learn how to think again as a person instead of just a mom...hmmm...so the ornament thing is major for us! While I still have a twinge of guilt lingering somewhere close to the tree as I walk by, I'm seeing the possibility of having a new career as a person in my own right...this is a process mind you, but I'm gingerly stepping onto the road and feeling hoepful? I'd love to hear some of your stories with Empty Nesting!