December 17: Nostalgic Memories
As I mentioned earlier this month, our tree is not an artistic statement nor will it win any awards for interior design, but it is a representation of our family holiday history, filled with homemade trinkets and keepsake ornaments. The kids always enjoy sorting through the box and recalling the stories associated with each.
For years Santa would include a new ornament as one of the stocking gifts. For my eldest, who from the time she was a toddler enjoyed watching the Nutcracker with her Nana, the ornaments often focused on characters or scenes reminiscent of this famous ballet. For my youngest, who enjoyed playing with American Girl and Barbies throughout elementary school, the Madame Alexander doll ornaments were the perfect match. For my son, however, there was no particular theme…until he performed in the children’s musical at church.
That particular year, circa Y2K, Brian, Brenton, and Graham were cast as the “three wise guys” who rapped their way toward Bethlehem bringing gifts to the Christ child. Their comedic timing, perfect rhythm, and hilarious lyrics brought down the house.
Since that time, these more “classic” kings of orient have adorned our tree … and they always bring a smile to my face.