December 12th: What brightens this season for you? Do you have favourite decorations that bring back memories? What ornament would symbolize this year?
I thought about these questions after reading Shauna's comment in yesterday's post. She talked about how her tree decorations have meaning. And that she keeps a special book where she writes down the special ornament that is given or received each year. She also talked about how her mother gives an ornament to her grandchildren, along with some memories that she has of that child over the past year. She wrote, "Our tree is full of memories and stories."
I love this. I started thinking about what ornament I would give to my kids this year to symbolize this year. I decided on a little house to symbolize moving to a new home. That was a big event in our year.
I enjoy seeing other people's Christmas trees - because there are not two alike. Each one symbolizes that family in some way. I was at a friend's house on the weekend, and she told me the origins of some of her ornaments - some were from students of hers, and there was a beautiful nest with 2 birds that was a gift from her husband when they were dating. I thought this was so sweet - to remember this each year as she decorates and gazes at her tree.
Here are some ornaments over the years that bring back memories:
|a wreath, made by my grandma (I love the shiny fabrics the most)|
|tin moon ornament Derek and I bought on a trip to Guatemala|
|mouse is a childhood ornament (loved those mice!), |
and Pinocchio is from our family's time in Europe 2 years ago
|from a visit to the Six Nations reserve|
|the Laotian nativity my husband and I bought 8 years ago, wondering if our children |
would be messed up talking about the elephant in the manger and the baby in the hanging basket
|a wallhanging my mom made - the candle is made from fabric from a wedding dress of mine |
(the after-wedding party dress, not the white one)