It seems this year more than others, I hear a flurry of “bah-humbugs” from friends and family. And, I am no different. I’m not sure why–whether it’s the economy, politics and the constant bickering we hear about on a day-to-day basis, the over-commercialization of Christmas that began the day after Halloween–whatever it is, it seems to have gotten to many of us this year.
In fact, I seriously considered passing on the Christmas decorations. If it weren’t for the fact my children would be coming home, I might not have put a tree up. Thank goodness I did.
Every year, when I bring out my Christmas ornaments, I am filled with memories that make me smile. When my children were young, I gave them a Christmas ornament that symbolized something that occurred over the previous year. When they moved away, I packed up their ornaments in a big box and gave it to them.
I’ll admit, the first couple of Christmases following, my tree felt a little empty. But Stephen and I have carried on that tradition, and now we have our own tree full of memories. And besides, I have to admit, I kept a couple of ornaments of my kids’ childhoods. Not sure if they’ve noticed.
Here are some of my favorites:
I’ve had this Mr. and Mrs. Claus for almost thirty years. When I unwrap it each year, it always makes me smile as I recall Andrea and Adam gawking inside the cozy little house lit by a single twinkle light. I like to peek inside myself.
I’ve had this handmade ornament for even longer. A friend who I used to work with made it. There’s something about miniature “little worlds” like the one captured in this ornament. Santa laughing in the snow. How could I not smile?
This is one of my very favorites, because Andrea made it for me and gave it to me when I learned to sail “Haiku.” Handmade gifts are always the best, but I’ve always loved the thoughtfulness and creativity of this one.
And though this is a simple little ornament, “Baby Jesus” always goes at the top of the tree, right under the star. I keeps the real meaning in perspective for me, no matter how many bah-humbugs I say throughout the season.
When I stand back and look at our tree, I see that it represents the blessings in our life. How could I ever consider not putting it up each year?
What are your favorite ornaments, and what do they mean to you? I would love to see pictures. If you’ll email them to me with a description of why they’re your favorites, I’ll add them to my blog. Send them to me at:
jymorrill(at)gmail.com —use @ for (at).
I hope your Christmas will be filled with lots of good memories and memories in the making, too!