It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at my house. We decorated our Christmas tree on Sunday afternoon and I have to say, I think it’s my favorite one – ever! Even though most of the ornaments are the same ones we’ve put on for many, many years, there’s just something about this year’s tree…
From Rebekah’s construction paper mosaic pre-school angel to Mama’s porcelain Belleek angel to my friend Kelly’s needlepoint angel with tiny little bells – every single one of the ornaments on our Christmas tree represents a special memory.
First to go on the Christmas tree are the store-bought ornaments.
There are olive wood crosses and nativities from Mama and Daddy’s visits to Israel. And teddy bears and snowmen and rocking horses from Rebekah’s childhood. There are souvenirs from our travels, snowflakes of all shapes and sizes, and sheep. Lots and lots of sheep. (tee hee!)
And cardinals. The cardinal is my favorite of all the songbirds. It was my Aunt Marcie’s favorite, too. She was my special aunt – and a maker at heart.
I love this quote about cardinals…
“A cardinal is a representative of a loved one who has passed. When you see one, it means they are visiting you. They usually show up when you most need them or miss them. They also make an appearance during times of celebration as well as despair to let you know they will always be with you. Look for them, they’ll appear.”
Next, we hang the handmade ornaments.
These are the ones that are the most precious – our family treasures. Some are pre-school keepsakes: a glittery construction paper candy cane; paper plate baby Jesus colorfully embellished with crayons the way that only a two-year-old can manage; a popsicle stick Star of David; a praying angel embellished with Rebekah’s wee handprint; and a stocking covered in a rainbow of tiny balls of wadded up tissue paper.
The needlepoint ornaments go on next. Those I’ve stitched and kept are few and far between – a situation I plan to remedy in 2019. I have several pieces ready for finishing. Maybe I should hang them on the tree anyway?! 😉
And the little cross stitch ornaments from our very first Christmas in 1983? Well, they’re the last of the handmade ornaments to go on the tree. I save them until the end, nestling each one in between the others already on the tree so they’re tucked in all safe and sound.
Finally, we add the candy canes. I don’t remember when – or how – that became a tradition, but those candy canes are almost as important as the ornaments. (tee hee!)
Do you have a favorite ornament?
Is it one that you stitched? Or is it one that you received as a gift? Tell me about it in the comments box below and I’ll enter your name into a drawing to be held on New Year’s Eve. 🙂
Until next time, happy stitching and Merry Christmas!