Advent Calendar – December 3 – Christmas Ornaments

Sherry Stocking Kline
December 3, 2009

Thomas MacEntee’s Advent Calendar Challenge can be found at GeneaBloggers here.

Christmas Tree Ornaments

Did your family have heirloom or cherished ornaments? Did you ever string popcorn and cranberries? Did your family or ancestors make Christmas ornaments?

There are two ornaments that I remember from childhood as being special, the angel for the top of the tree and the ‘bubble’ lights.

She Bravely Clung to the Top of the Tree…

Our angel was small and short and bless her heart, she bravely clung to the top of the tree year after year, even though her wings became a little tattered, and her robes a little worn.

She often leaned to one side or the other, depending on which way the Christmas tree leaned, but the tree wasn’t done until she was placed on the very top and even though we could have bought a new angel, it wouldn’t have been the same.  It wouldn’t have been our angel.

The beautiful bubble lights came into to our family before I did, (or before I remember anyhow) and they were the first thing to go on the tree each year.

They looked like miniature candles, and the candle part was glass with a colored liquid inside which bubbled up to the top when the light became warm. One by one, the bubble lights quit bubbling, and we replaced them with the newer tiny little twinkling lights, but it wasn’t the same.

I remember stringing both cranberries and popcorn, but as Carol said in “Reflections from the Fence” the cranberries were hard as rocks, and hard to penetrate with a needle” so I believe that was a one-time thing, and there were always the paper chains to bring home from school and add to the tree each year.

Dad Didn’t Care What he Received for Christmas…

We gathered on Christmas Eve to exchange presents, and though my father never dressed up, Dad loved playing Santa.  My dad really didn’t care what he received for Christmas, his joy came from watching his family open the gifts he and mom had bought.

2 Responses to “Advent Calendar – December 3 – Christmas Ornaments”

  • Joan:

    First time I have visited your site, so I perused abit and boy did I like what I saw! Our tree angel is almost as old as the little church — and she too has leaned with the tree — Keeping it upright, I believe.

    • Thank you, Joan! I sure did love your Dec. 3rd blog post The Little Church on a String for the Advent Calendar! That little church brought back so many wonderful Christmas memories, and made me want one for our tree! I know a purchased one wouldn’t have the same ‘feeling’ attached to it as a hand-crafted one, so guess I need to get busy and figure out how to make one.

      I am lucky enough to have two sweet granddaughters who are just now getting old enough to get ‘crafty’ and the oldest one loves making things with her hands, so maybe we can find a pattern to make one.

      Your blog has such a ‘warm fuzzy’ feeling! Thanks for ‘stopping by.’

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