It’s strange to say, but at 32, I am just about the last member of my family left. I have an aunt and uncle, and of course my kiddos and hubby, but the core family unit I grew up with isn’t around any more. My parents are gone, as are the grandparents who raised me. This time of year can be, well, depressing for me. Yet every year, when the tree goes up and those old, handmade decorations come out of the attic , I feel my family with me in ways I don’t feel them the rest of the year. For they are here, in my favorite ornaments, the nativity scene that was made by my aunt and put up every year (this will not be pictured as it is not out this year. I do have a very adventurous three year old!), with loving care on top of the piano by my grandmother and the feelings in the air. They are still here, which is a part of what makes this such a wonderful time of year for me.
My grandmother gave me an ornament every year. This would have been when I was 1. She continued this tradition for many years. I think I got most of them after she died. There were a few lost to breakages, of course, and I can’t remember how long she did it. I still have 1981 though!
Then, there are the ornaments I made over the years. I think Mama kept all of them. I didn’t put many up this year, again because of that rambunctious three year old, but I did put this one up. It’s one of my favorites. I made a TON of these about 12 years ago. It’s a clear ball with paint in it. You let the paint drain out into a paper cup and when it dries, it looks like this!
And then, there are the new memories we’re making. All the Disney ornaments I have from my time working at the Disney Store…
All the ornaments my kids are making…
And all the new ornaments we’re buying because of love….
and the hope that if one falls (see crazy child) it won’t break because it’s cheap and from Walmart. It may not have value now, but if it’s still around in 10-20, it will then. It will be a survivor!
So, I hope you have enjoyed this brief tour of memories. I hope if you are missing someone you find comfort and that the memories you make with those still here are a blessing. Just remember to pay attention. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, have a Wonderful Winter!