Decorating our Christmas tree has not changed over the years. When the children were home we all got together to do the tree and there was lots of excitement. There may be less of us at home but the decorating is still the same.We look forward to opening the crates full of Christmas. We know what to expect.
The tree has always been full of handmade decorations and store-bought ornaments. For me its important for the tree to tell a story. Each ornament, when held, should bring back a moment. Remember the decorations your child made in school. We have all had the paper chains made from construction paper. I miss them now as they didn’t last in storage very well.
Each year I receive an ornament from a dear friend who I have known since we had our babies together. She has been my rock during some tough times and I love her for that. She is a creative spirit and makes these darling ornaments each year, each one different. The family name is on the back and dated with each year. The hanging of each ornament makes me feel special to have her as a friend.
I inherited this star ornament from my father’s collection of Christmas decor after he passed away five years ago. Someone took the time to carefully place all these beads together to form such a bright star for the tree.
Years ago I worked alongside a nanny and one year she blessed me with six handmade angels. Each one plays a different instrument. I wonder where my old friend is now when I place her angels on my tree. Funny how some friends come and go and some are with you forever. This one will be with me in my heart each time I take her angels out of their box.
This little Santa is not pretty like most of the handmade ones but I just can’t get rid of him. He is another ornament from my Dads collection. He would probably tell me to toss out that junk but I can’t. It reminds me of an old-fashioned Santa from Norway in a way. You see I love all things Norwegian since that’s my heritage.
How about this angle of pearls? So delicate, yet simple. I am sure this is probably very easy to make. Maybe next year, I will try. This was also one of my father’s tree ornaments.
I can show this handmade Christmas ornament as my daughter doesn’t read my blog. This is a good example of a craft you can do with your children during the Christmas break. Crafting with popsicle sticks is so much fun! Looks like it’s just popsicle sticks, some felt and a few buttons and some glue. What child doesn’t love glue?
This handcrafted ball is an example of Norwegian knitting. My cousin brought this over from Norway a couple of years ago. Each time I hang this one, I think of them so far away.
So do you have a tree of memories? This is just a small selection of mine. Or do you prefer the perfect tree? The perfect tree is not for everyone. Now, don’t get me wrong. The perfect tree is pretty and I love to look at them. They just don’t give me that feeling of what Christmas is all about. Christmas is about family, traditions and memories. We are here on this earth to create them , enjoy them and be part of the experience. Perhaps it takes little hands to help us remember how to decorate from the heart. As I think forward to next year, I know I will have a new child in my family. I look forward to placing new handmade memories on my tree, made by a grandchild. After all, that’s what Christmas is about.