Saturday, December 20, 2008

Oh Christams Tree....Oh My Christmas Tree!

Christmas traditions mean so very much to all of us. This year is very special for so many reasons. Mostly because this will be our grand baby's first Christmas, but because we are settled in a very nice apartment and we are close to our children again.
Back in 1972, my dear cousin, Lennie, who is older than my youngest aunt (my Grama was a hottie!), made this entire nativity set in ceramics class. This was her wedding shower present to my hubby and I. Although is has survived 36 years of Christmas's, it has a few chips and I think the donkey is missing an ear, but tell me, who doesn't have a few chips after 36 years of life!
I can remember exactly where I purchased this beautiful bulb, The Festival of Trees. Always a fund raiser for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, this event was always fun to visit. Many years past, you could drink in over 200 different trees. Sadly, this year, the event was downsized and moved out of Atlanta. No matter where the event is or the size of the number of trees, it still raises needed money for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

This ornament expresses happiness and sadness at the same time. Sadness because this year, I gave my daughter all of her ornaments that were purchased for her by her Oma & Opa, her Dutch grandparents. She can now enjoy them on her tree. On the other hand, this ornament and the many others that were gifted to my son are still on my tree. It is only a few years before I bestow upon my son and his future wife all of his ornaments. But with a growing family, comes another chapter of life and that means more grandchildren!

This ornament may be scratched and worn, but I love it all the same. This little bell came off of my childhood tree. Not a lot of things were rescued from my childhood, but somehow, this bell and another one just like it managed to come with me on my road through life. One year for Christmas, I sent the "sister" ornament to my baby sister with a little note of its history. She now proudly places her bell on her own tree.
It is my hope that all of you readers and friends enjoy those traditions in your family, whether it be of the Christmas celebration, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or even if you do not celebrate anything in December, just hold your family close to you this year.

9 comments:

Debra (a/k/a Doris, Mimi) said...

When I was a teenager my mother handmade all her ornaments. They were mostly styrofoam shapes covered in sequins, beads and tassels. They were packed in a box and long forgotten until I found them in our last move. They are now proudly displayed on my daughter's Christmas tree, two generations later. I love Christmas traditions!

dlyn said...

hey Deb - here is my email dlynk @ htva . net - just take out the extra spaces :)

Mental P Mama said...

I love everyone's ornaments!

Sue said...

Hi Deb...I love the fact that you give your children the Christmas ornaments from when they were kids...Very nice idea...I'm pretty close to Sandy Springs..I live right near Lassister High in East Cobb off Sandy Plains....

Country Girl said...

Thanks for the share. It's beginning to look a lot like you know what now.

Grandma J said...

It's wonderful to have those special mementos to remind us of how special this season is. I love your nativity!

brneyedgal967 said...

Beautiful tree - I love that so many of your ornaments are sentimental. It makes it a treasure to unwrap each one every year and remember where it came from and who it is for.

And the ear on the donkey - I think I had more nicks and chips than that by the time I was 36, so he's doing just fine. LOL

Annamarie said...

Those are beautiful ornaments for Christmas tree decoration!!

Chere said...

Unpacking the ornments every year is like a step back in time. I can remember where I got certain things and when. I have always collected ornments from every where we travel. My mother also gave me ornments from my childhood trees. I have all of my Grandmothers old ornments also. I can't use them all every year but they are changed around and remember often with love and affection. All of the ornaments I have are a connection to the past.