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Our eldest, Elizabeth, came home for the weekend – a pre-Christmas Christmas, since she would be traveling abroad for the holidays. It was all the motivation I needed to finally haul out all the “holiday stuff” and get going on the whole Christmas tree ritual. By the time we picked her up from the train station, we had a twinkling tree all ready to be trimmed.
After dinner, we began the happy job of reaching into the big box of ornaments and finding new holiday homes for all the ornaments we’ve collected over the years. Each ornament has some story attached – some were bought on vacation, some found in tag sales and antique stores, and (our favorites) some made by the children. Elizabeth found one of our all time favorites first, the one she made when she looked like this:
and came home from pre-school one day with a “surprise” all wrapped up in gold flecked tissue paper:
which has withstood thirteen moves, twenty two Christmas trees…and is ready to grace one more:
Let the holidays begin!