“When we recall Christmas past, we usually find that the simplest things – not the great occasions – give off the greatest glow of happiness.” 

The morning is lovely. The sun is eye squinting bright. The blue sky hasn’t a single cloud. It is Crayola blue, the same color of all my skies. The day is so calm not even a single leaf flutters. The dogs came in for their morning biscuits then went right back out. Dogs know how to enjoy a day.

The pile of packages in the corner of my bedroom gets higher every day. They are safe behind large boxes and a chair, but Nala keeps checking them out just in case. She did steal a Christmas Pez, but that was before I fortified the corner from attack.

About this time we used to make construction paper circles to put around the tree. We’d sit at the kitchen table cutting and pasting. My mother would wind them around the front of the tree. I remember when I first bought this house. I had very little money for Christmas decorations, but I did buy a small tree. I couldn’t imagine my house without a tree and the sweet aroma of pine. I decided to make some of my decorations, especially the colorful construction paper swag. I went old school with glue. I cut out the circles and attached one to the other. The swag was beautiful. I wound it mostly around the front of the tree. A few days later I heard a sort of popping sound. I went to check the tree. The circles were popping off the swag, so much for the glue tradition. I stapled them all. I used that swag for years until the colors faded. I replaced the swag with silver tinsel strands just like the ones my mother used to wind around our tree. I traded one childhood memory for another. I still use them on my tree. I also use glass ornaments my mother gave me which used to hang on our tree. The decorations on the bulbs have faded a bit, but that makes them no less precious. My mother and father are always part of my Christmas traditions.

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2 Comments on ““When we recall Christmas past, we usually find that the simplest things – not the great occasions – give off the greatest glow of happiness.” ”

  1. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    The clouds are just thinning out and dissipating now. The high temperature is 66°. All of the trees are turning beautiful colors of orange to burnt orange. My swimming pool has a lot of leaves at the bottom and I hope that the pool guy comes today. Friday is his usual day to take care of the pool.

    When I was in elementary school we made all kinds of decorations using colored construction paper and white, library paste. I learned how to cut using my right hand because the school didn’t have any left handed scissors. The first law of learning is the law of primacy. It is alive and well, because I still cut using my right hand while I’m basically a southpaw. Most of us lefties are somewhat ambidextrous because we live in a right handed world. 🙂

  2. Birgit Says:

    Today I bought a candle. Hooray, Christmas action! Enough for now. I even forgot to open my Advent calendar this morning. Can we please skip Christmas?
    Finally some first tiny snowflakes today 🙂 Maybe some more tomorrow.

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