Thursday, December 8, 2011

Christmas Memories


Like Angie and Casey, I should be writing…the next “Jess” book is due in seven short months! But am I? Nope—I’ve been crafting.

Here’s how it all started—my oldest daughter mentioned how much fun she had as a kid making candy canes out of pipe cleaners and beads with my mother, and gee, wouldn’t it be great if I did the same thing with my three oldest grandsons??? Okay, I thought, I can do that and we did—bought the pipe cleaners, 2,000 red and white beads, and made about 25 candy canes. But I forgot one little thing—in my family “simple” is never enough, “more” is always better. And after all, who can decorate a tree with only 25 candy canes? What about wreaths and snowflakes? It was back to the craft store where I cleaned them out of three different kinds of beads and both silver and iridescent pipe cleaners.

The wreaths weren’t a problem, but little fingers had trouble handling the beads I’d bought for the snowflakes. One had to twist and turn each bead in order to shove it down the stem of the pipe cleaner and the kids just couldn’t do it, so here I was with all these beads and pipe cleaners and no snowflakes. There was nothing left to do but make them myself. And I did—last Saturday—worked on them for NINE hours! One package of pipe cleaners and nine hundred beads later (yes, I counted!) I had thirty fairly decent snowflakes.

And you know something? I kind of enjoyed it. I put on Christmas music and, as I worked, thought about my own special memories of Christmas’s past. When I was a child…the bubble lights on our tree and how they fascinated me; the fudge my mother made every year. When all the kids were at home and the traditions John and I created for them. The last Christmas we had when John was in the hospital. Some of the memories were sad, but most were happy, and I thought about how lucky I am to have my kids and grandchildren live so near to me and the amount of time I get to spend with them. Many women my age aren’t that fortunate.

And who knows—maybe forty years from now, my grandchildren will be sitting with their grandchildren, making ornaments, and one of their special memories will be of beaded candy canes and Christmas wreaths? I can only hope so!

Btw—their tree in the family room (see picture above) turned out great! It actually looks better than the tree in my living room!!

That’s all for this week—have a good one!

Best,
Shirley

1 comment:

Sharon said...

that is fabulous! I sew christmas ornaments every year to send out as Christmas cards. This year is a snowman. I spend I don't know how many hours planning, cutting and sewing them together here is a link to the last few years: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2360326281247&set=a.1130916146762.2020277.1042980942&type=3&theater

They help put me in a Christmas mood :)