Holiday Décor Filled With Christmas Memories

Posted on | December 20, 2011 | 3 Comments

This time of year, memories of growing up come to mind ––  visits to Santa, annual parades, the one Christmas when we actually had snow on the ground. Unlike Ralphie from the movie, A Christmas Story, I can’t recall anything I had to have. Thinking back, one of my fondest seasonal recollections is of the homemade Christmas ornaments my mother, sister and I created.

Photography by Ellen M. Reed

Suzanne and I worked on the lovely, but less complex ornaments. Equal lengths of ribbon (and sometimes ric-rac) were glued to colored or clear glass ornaments. We also cut out doilies that had been sprayed silver or gold and glued them to red, silver, gold and blue glass ball ornaments.  A few rhinestones and beads were also added. Who knew that this personal touch to our family’s holiday décor would be appreciated year after year?

So amazingly beautiful were the ornaments our mother made. Using straight pins, she elegantly adorned satin balls with braid, trim, ric-rac, sequins, beads and faux pearls. A few were also embellished with doilies. To us, our ornaments were the most wonderful decorations on the tree. In the years that followed, no matter how much tinsel there was, my eyes would quickly find the work of our hands.

Somewhere along the line, how I looked at those ornaments and felt about them changed. I became a “grown up.” When the decorations were pulled out and the box with those ornaments was opened up – for just a moment, it was like reliving the innocence and pure excitement of that 9 year old girl during the Christmas season. The world wasn’t complicated. Santa Claus still existed. And within her world, there was peace on earth.

It’s not too late to make some homemade Christmas ornaments.

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3 Responses to “Holiday Décor Filled With Christmas Memories”

  1. Celeste
    December 20th, 2011 @ 10:01 AM

    Love these ornaments! My favorite memory as a child was going to my Aunt’s house every year and making ornaments. We used the pushpins also and one year we made Angels out of popsicle sticks. I love looking at them every year.

  2. Ellen Reed
    December 20th, 2011 @ 2:49 PM

    What FUN!…..thank you for allowing me to help!…..smiles

  3. Liz Hughes
    December 30th, 2011 @ 6:17 PM

    You are great behind the camera and I cannot thank you enough for your help!


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