A few of my Christmas favorites...
My husband and I get each other ornaments every year and this one (not the Elmo)- the greenhouse reminds me of my love of plants/gardening.
O.K. this one is good. I made it in 1980 when I was four years old. This horse ornament makes me smile and remember all the good times during childhood.
A few years ago Hallmark came out with Fisher Price Ornaments. This one depicts my favorite doll house I played with growing up. The cool thing is this ornament's doorbell works when you ring it. Another good childhood memory ornament.
Last, but not least my 1976 Christmas Bell. I love these kind of ornaments. Reminds you of your birth and all the years of putting the ornament on the tree.
I hope you are taking some time to reminisce about Christmas this season. I'm starting to learn that Christmas is not a happy time for everyone and there are not always "happy" memories that go along with Christmas. I of course want everyone to "love" the season, but I also need to be o.k. with the fact that not everyone will feel the way I do and Christmas is to each of us really our own feelings/memories.
I'm exhausted from this past week- the emotional loss of my friend, worrying about other friends and the added sadness of the Connecticut shootings. However, amidst these bad emotions I find solace in the good ones: my friend's annual Christmas party, having my parents visit this past weekend and letting them be a part of our kid's Christmas Program at church this morning. Also, loving that a few of my friends joined in the viewing of the program and getting to meet my parents and be a part of not only my life but the kid's. Those kind of memories along with an afternoon visit to one of my favorite places: the Library followed by a run will hopefully get me through my emotional exhaustion and continue enjoying this holiday season.
I've missed writing lately and so hope to get back into it again.