For a quick reminder of Memory Ornaments – I.
I saved the category of extra special ornaments until after Christmas for reasons that will become apparent at the end of the story. Because, you see, all of the extra special ornaments are about our children and many having been gifts each year, couldn’t be revealed before Christmas.
We have three children and the year each child was born, we purchased a “Baby’s First Christmas” ornament. Starting with our first son,
and then our daughter,
and then our second son,
they each have their special ornament that always holds a special location on our tree—a reflection of the specialness each of them holds in our lives.
Over the years, we’ve also given them ornaments as gifts that find their way onto the tree each year.
But of even more significance are the hand-made ornaments our children brought home over the years to hang on our tree. Seeing these always tugs at the emotional strings inside of both us.
All of these ornaments will be passed down to their rightful owner in years to come. Hopefully they will be to our adult chirldren, the same treasure that they have been to the two of us all of these years.
But there is one more ornament category to discuss. If you read my post right after Thanksgiving, you already know this was to be a different Christmas this year—a Christmas away from home for the first time in 35 years.
And it was a wonderful Christmas out in California where we celebrated with almost all of our family including our newest family member, our first grandson. Here was launched another category of Christmas ornaments—“Grand Child’s First Christmas.”
When I went to the Hallmark store to see if they even made one, I couldn’t believe my eyes. What more special ornament could there be for the child of our son-in-law who as a professional, gazes at distant stars, than a moon for a Grandbaby’s first ornament? I said earlier I’ve always loved Hallmark ornaments and this new addition literally knocked it out of the stratosphere for me.
But this ornament will be different than our others since it will hang on the tree his parents put up, the tree his little hands will help decorate in years to come creating all new memories for his parents and for us, his grandparents.
Merry Christmas to everyone!