I used to think I was rather trendy at Christmas, every year I would add to or make new Christmas decorations for our home. I loved to sew, and that added all sorts of creativity. These years tho, my favorite and most treasured decorations often involve the very old, and the child-made kind.
By very old I usually mean pretty shabby as these don’t always stand the test of time very well. But Christmas would not be Christmas if we didn’t hang or set out these precious relics of our lives.
There is the little stocking I crocheted when our boys were small, and there is one of the plastic canvas ornaments that my dad’s cousin sent us almost every year. Oh, and there is our daughter’s cat. She isn’t a relic, but rather a symbol of all the cats who have graced our lives. At the left hand top of the picture is the tip of the wing of a handmade glass angel that a former pastor gave to each child in the church. Above the cat is a paper star with glitter that our daughter made long, long ago in Sunday School. These things meld together and make up our Christmas memories today.
My mom always hung a faded tissue paper bell between our dining room and our living room. It was one of those accordion types, that folded flat to store, and you opened up to use. It had belonged to some grandma, and probably held good memories for her. Having always been a lover of things past, the faded bell never bothered me, but I wish I had asked mom its history.
One thing that always remains constant in our Christmas is the nativity scene that was made for us by my sister in law years ago. Every year we unpack and set it up, and every year we are thankful for that little Baby that God sent so long ago. That Baby grew up to be our Savior and the means by which we will rejoin all our family members who believe in Him someday in heaven. Thank you Jesus.