I think this is the first Christmas item I unpack every year. Of course, it is the first thing to go on the tree (after the lights) but it always puts me in the right mood. Many years ago, I strung this garland made of pearls and other bits of broken jewelry.
Contributions came from my mother, my grandmother and my mother-in-law. My grandmother and mother are gone now. Both leaving me within a month of each other - both right before Christmas. Needless to say, Christmas has never been the same for me and I struggle every year.
But this garland made of pearls reminds me of Christmas' past. When we were all younger and family traditions were born. The same traditions that I passed on to my children because the traditions were part of my mother and grandmother.
As I hang this garland made of pearls on the tree and as it sparkles from the twinkling lights, I remember. I am reminded of good times. I am reminded that there are good times yet to be had. I am reminded that I have been and still am truly blessed.
The Christmas decorations are spilling out all over the house. I really should take a photo of the boxes because they will probably be out longer than the actual decorations. Just like 'you have to spend money to make money' you have 'to have a mess before holiday decorating is accomplished'.
Get those Christmas boxes out, girls, and start foofing up your house. Christmas is only 25 days away!