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One of my favorite parts of the holiday is trimming the tree. I really am like the Hallmark commercial – I enjoy opening the bins and unwrapping all the old favorite ornaments, telling the family stories that go with them to whoever is helping me. We have the complete range of decorations, from those Hallmark Keepsakes of all types, to Lenox carousel animals to the paper and glitter ones my daughters made in school (and the ones my grandson now makes), and everything in between. My late husband made stained glass windows, boxes, houses…and ornaments! So every year we have about ten beautiful ornaments that he made, which bring us smiles as we position them on the tree. I have three ornaments left from my childhood, my favorite being a very silvery plastic pinecone from the 5&10 cent store, bought with my allowance.
But perhaps the ornament that ties us most closely to the family history that has come before is the little Santa pictured below.
He belonged to my great grandparents and dates back to early in the last century. He’s made of pipecleaners and felt. I think the branch he’s clutching is a more recent upgrade but otherwise he’s in very good condition, if a bit slimmer than the St. Nick of today. He has a rather serious expression, maybe mentally reviewing his list of naughty and nice. My grandmother gave him to me when I was a little girl because she knew I liked him so much (and she preferred big shiny colorful glass ornaments).
I’ve cherished him ever since and he sits perched on our Christmas tree year in, year out.
I think he brings us special holiday cheer and good luck!
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