On Christmas night, after my husband and sweet (but exhausted!) kids were tucked into bed, I finally had a moment to myself. I sat in my living room, surrounded by Christmas present and Christmas past. Christmas present; the million pieces of Lego's, Littlest Pet Shop, various games, dolls, stocking stuffers and of course, Zhu Zhu pets! Christmas past; mainly my memories, but also tangible things that remind me of times gone by. I have ornaments that I made as a child, as well as ornaments made by my own children. Snow globes and homemade treasures from special friends. All kinds of visual memories. But one of my favorites sits atop a pine pole tree in my front room. A tree that is filled with little paper mache houses, and other vintage ornaments. She is a Noma Christmas Angel, circa 1940. She belonged to my beloved Grandma, and was a huge part of Christmas while growing up. It just wasn't Christmas until the angel was lovingly placed on top of the tree. When her silver and white paper dress wasn't "hip" anymore, Grandma sewed a new one of pink felt, complete with little pink pearls. Oh there were a couple of years when a star tried to take her place, but she always seemed to find her way back to the top of our family tree. And it was there she stayed for 40 plus years until my Grandmother passed away. What a sad Holiday that was. It just wasn't the same without her, and still isn't 23 years later. What I do have to bring those wonderful memories back is my Angel. So that's what I did Christmas night. Reminisced about the past, the present and the future. It was a wonderful Christmas present, just for me. How about you? Do you have a special treasure that conjures up wonderful memories of the past? If so, keep it close to you always.
And speaking of treasures, look at what my friend Sandra Evertson sent me....
Isn't it beautiful? I have the perfect spot in my office:) Thanks Sandra!!! I love it! Check out Sandra's blog at www.sandraevertson.blogspot.com She is one of the most talented women I know:)
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and a fabulous New Year!
Oh, I have one more thing I wanted to share. This is my nephew, Briggs with my other nephew Quayden. In November of 2008, he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Last Christmas it was touch and go, and he spent most of 2009 in and out of the Children's hospital. Three days before Christmas he had his last Chemo treatment, and was able to spend the Holiday at home! He's on the mend at last! I just wanted to share this little miracle from my neck of the woods! Yeah Briggs!