Family tradition, shiny and bright and old and new
- I have to say, after so many years of decorating very little for Christmas, I do enjoy my Christmas tree and decorations. It was the dividing up of my parents' ornaments that did it - how could I not put a tree up? I like my little tree sitting on the apple crate and the first thing I do when I get home in the evening is turn to tree lights on.
- This shiny wreath, made up of tiny packages, used to go to work with me and hang on my cubicle wall. (It came from Roses Dime Store in Milledgeville, Georgia, where I grew up.) But now I decided its colors go nicely with the hanging quilt and pillows in my home office. The quilt was made by my paternal grandmother and was one of several quilt "tops" (that had not been quilted.) We found them in a cedar chest after she passed away in the late 80s and her sister (my great aunt) told me that the pattern of the unfinished one I chose was called "Step around the mountain." Its smaller, unfinished size made it perfect for a wall hanging. Since the quilt tops were in a cedar chest, they looked perfectly new. My great aunt told me that the squares came from flour sacks and all the sisters worked on them - circa 1920, or so.
- This was the only tree I ever used to put up, but I still like it. The Christmas card holder on the right (looks like a toy soldier) always used to hold the cards sent to my parents. And the Santa on the left came from another great aunt - this time from my mother's side of the family.
Well represented family members here, plus traditions all my own. This is the part of Christmas I love the most. I hope you are having a good holiday season so far and that you are looking forward to the weekend as much as I am. :)