A Rummage Through the Christmas Ornaments!
by Sharon Archer
One of my favourite jobs approaching Christmas is decorating the tree. We have an eclectic collection of ornaments and because they lurk out of sight for eleven months of the year, opening the box means a trip down memory lane.
There’s the little fold-out apple I bought as a souvenir while on holiday with a friend and my sister. We spent a week travelling around Tasmania - the Apple Isle. The delicate red-paper lattice is a concertina that folds into a flat pack for storage. That holiday was more than twenty years ago, but I only have to get out the apple to remember the adventure we had.
Then there are the clothes-peg ornaments which came from a clearing sale. I bid on a box of bric a brac and these two were hiding right at the bottom.
I can’t help wondering what their story is... the beef-eater is so perfect while the reindeer is much more basic. Were they painstakingly crafted by a couple of children working together on a newspaper-covered kitchen table? Or perhaps they were made, years apart, by the same child.
This little wooden boy, toting his tiny Christmas tree, was given to me by a friend for my first Christmas in Australia. We worked together in a research laboratory and she invited me to spend Christmas with her family. I see this figure, all rugged up in red and green, and it brings back wonderful memories of their warm hospitality.
These musical instruments were used to decorate the wrapping on a present from another Christmas. Such a simple but clever idea - and a lovely addition to our ornaments.
The beaded Santa face came from a holiday with friends in the Victorian High Country. It was just before Christmas and we went to the local market. It was packed with glorious treasures. We all went home laden with homemade goodies for the table and the tree and for gifts.
So what's stashed in your box of Christmassy goodies? I'd love to hear about your special ornaments and the memories attached!
Wherever you are and
whatever you're doing,
I wish you a
and many blessing for 2012!