Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Illuminated



We all know how this goes. You get everything out of the attic. The children can't wait to get their anxious fingers on the stash of surprises in the boxes marked "xmas". You verbalize the careful order of how the tree gets trimmed, which sails through one elf ear and out the other. You hold them off long enough to get to the lights.

Hmmm.

This is where I get lost. Can you call them lights if they don't light up when you plug them in? Does this have to happen every year? Out to Walgreens I went after placing Juliana in charge and throwing candy canes at them to keep them sticky and busy until I got back. The new lights are lovely though, and long!



The rest of the rituals ensued. Juliana being in charge of secretly rearranging ornaments when the little ones turned their backs so that all the ornaments don't stay on the lower 1/3 of the tree. They just kept coming back and putting them in the same spot not ever figuring out why that branch was still vacant. So cute.

Every year I have to show them (again) my favorite two ornaments that I used to hang on my parents' tree. One, the golden boot. Isn't it gorgeous? It was always magical to me. And two, the beaded ballerina....do you love her?? No surprise my favorites were a colorful girl and a gold accessory. Go figure.



I know I'm not alone in feeling that Christmas decorating is about memories. It's like opening up a photo album of your childhood. But instead of looking at just photographs of yourself and your family, you're feeling and touching your warmest memories all over again. And they are all there, packed up carefully in a box waiting for you to remember every year.



I also love this little Nativity that was handmade and given to my Juliana when she was little. It is so humble and simple. A perfect reminder of the humble story of the birth of Christ. The simple offerings of the wise men. Look at how the light through the window caught Joseph today. In fact the phone just rang to let me know that my Joseph is at school with a fever and needs to be picked up. Gotta run.

So that's today. Thanks for everyone's lovely wishes for Isabela and the little arm, she's doing great.

Wishing you illuminated days & hearts in anticipation of a beautiful Christmas.

xoxo,AM

47 comments:

  1. i have a joseph too, he's four. i just love hearing the christmas story, always have, guess that is why i thought joseph was such a beautiful name.

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  2. What a lovely post! I have been so busy that I haven't had time to get out my Christmas decorations...but that will change today. I still love going home to my parent's house and seeing my most loved decorations. My teenagers look at me as if I'm mad (they obviously don't have good taste!), but I still think they are beautiful! Have a memorable Christmas Anna Maria.

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  3. Great beaded lady - funky ornaments are my favorites!

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  4. Laurie7:49 PM

    Smarkly and bright! Don't-cha just love the tinsley time of year! Love your post!!

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  5. You are getting me in the Christmas spirit!

    Love your ornaments!

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  6. Yes you are so right about the memories the ornaments bring back. I feel this especially with the few bits I have from home, being so far away. Also I think putting them away each year and bringing them out is great for that fresh sense of their meaning.
    We don't have a nativity but my son wants to make one, "Monty Python" style, with Joseph hammering baby Jesus.

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  7. Anna Maria....is the sunlight on Joseph or Mary? It looks more like Mary to me. Maybe I'm missing something (it happens!). Anyhow...yes, we have some very special, sentimental Christmas ornaments in our collection too. I love the memories they hold. :-)

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  8. Hi Mike- The Mary figure is actually the smaller one kneeling to the left of glowy Joseph!
    Have a good day! xo,AM

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  9. My family has the same Nativity! I'm glad that someone else enjoys it as much as I do :)

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