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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Favorite Ornament

Okay, since I haven't been tagged on this yet (even though Mac tagged Fr. Owl and I asked him to tag me, and he didn't yet because he is sulking or doing something important like hearing confessions or planning to get away somewhere warm like Tahiti) I'm going to do it anyway, because I really, really want to do it, and if YOU want to do this please go ahead and tag everyone on planet earth because unless you are Jewish or some sort of Mohammedan you probably have a favorite Christmas Tree ornament. [Stephen, put yours up on flicker or something and link to the thing.] Let's have it!


I've had this ornament since I've been about 7. I can remember it when it was "new." And that was a long time ago. As I recall we got it in a box of "ordinary" ornaments, and "they" tend not to make things like this anymore. Not without spending more money than average anyway. This one is fairly thick glass and has sparkly "snow" on it. It's the ornament I always save to put in a "special" place. Last one on, first one off.

It has survived, by my count, about 15 moves. There are two songs which can make me cry. One is "Stars and Stripes Forever." [I'm a wreck on 4th of July, it hits so deep emotionally for me.] The other is Judy Garland singing "Have yourself a Merry Little Chirstmas" to Margaret O'Brien in "Meet Me In St. Louis." The family is moving and the younger sister is sad to be leaving all her friends.



I'm glad I got to live all the places I did and meet all the people I met and have wonderful experiences...but I can't deny the moment of separation from friends (and sometimes family) didn't take its toll.

7 comments:

Tara said...

Very lovely! No one tagged me either--but I think I will do the meme also:)

Mac McLernon said...

What a very unusual ornament! I've never seen anything like it, but it's kind of quirky, so I guess that's you down to a tee! As for being tagged, I did say on my blog that anyone could play!!
;-)

gemoftheocean said...

Yeah, it is unusual I've come to realize. I usually see the round glass balls, and then there's various do-dads like angels and whatnots that hang. But glass shaped like this? Nah. And not with the additional manufacturing steps of the painting and putting the frosted white "snow" glaze on it. I also use the same star I've had since I've been little. I'd have to get out photos of Christmas trees past, but I suspect the battered star is older than this ornament.

Stephen said...

Can't take pictures of my favourite tree ornament at the moment - no functioning camera (new laptop, but no functioning camera... partly because of the new laptop, which ate this month's spare money). But ANYway... my favourite tree ornaments are my Dad's. They're slightly off-colour - basically, he collected tree ornaments which features animals that looked as if they were doing something nice animals wouldn't do in public (this collection was so well known that it made it into his eulogy. Yes, in Church.).

gemoftheocean said...

Stephen, wow. Bet your mom wanted to brain him on that!

Stephen said...

She was used to it. And she can't have minded that much, because he's been dead 6 years and she still uses those ornaments... though she seems, unfortunately, to have a penchant for choosing lopsided Christmas trees that end up having to be tied to the wall.

gemoftheocean said...

Stephen, of COURSE the tree is a bit lopsided. Aren't they all?
:-P [Six years! That long already...wow.]

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