Today is our final installment of Ornament Thursday....It's been such a fun thing these past few weeks. I've done a fair amount of thinking about ornaments over this time too. I think I've made more this year than ever before! Each Christmas, I add a few more to the tree and pack a few more into the box after the holiday is long gone. The next year I carefully unwrap them, surprised at how many I forgot about. That's the best part, isn't it? The forgetting and remembering. Our tree is filled with ornaments from our trips, from my grandma's store, things I've made, ornaments from swaps and gifts. Some evoke a certain period in our lives like a song can---good times and bad. Over the years, I've hung them on supermarket tree lot trees, fresh cut from the farm trees, vintage silver tinsel trees, tall trees, trees in a pot, one year we got the tree, but never had time to trim it (that was sad), bamboo stalks tree, and this year a $10 fake---which compared to previous years here feels like a million bucks! Oh, I do a lot of reminiscing and reflecting when I put up the ol' family tree. You probably do too. My sister just sent me a cute email about growing up in the 70's. I was looking at our tree and this Polaroid picture ornament caught my eye. I'm pretty sure my mom made it and I had to share. I just got up to check the date on the back and it says, "Christmas 1993," in mom's fancy writing. I laughed out loud. Sorry mom. This must have been from 83,' because in 93' I was a freshmen in high school and if that isn't enough proof for you, look at my older sis's outfit. Nothing screams 80's like a pink and white checked bandanna around your neck! That was also during my Little Orphan Annie wannabe days-note saddle shoes and red sweater.
Ah, see the memories! That's what Christmas ornaments are. There are some I look at and think, Lord, I'm glad those days are over! Others, I laugh about or I wonder how that person is doing. A Christmas tree no matter how scrawny or brawny celebrates Your life and memories. Thank you to everyone who has jumped in and shared their ornaments at our virtual craft night. Seeing what you're making definitely made me not feel so far away from home. Have a very merry Christmas and we'll see you next year! Or hopefully sooner!
Shaving cream & chipboard ornament - Michelle McGee http://fromichelle.blogspot.com/
Easy needle-felted orb - Katie Hacker http://www.katiehacker.com/index.htm