Every year it's the same.
You see all the gorgeous new decorations, and pretty Christmas trees in the stores, and you decide this will be the year you change your holiday decor.
You buy a few bulbs for the tree, and can't wait to get started with your holiday decorating.
You start pulling out the boxes from years past, and see a few of those favorite, sentimental pieces that tug at your heart strings....and you make a pile of decorations that you just can't leave in the box this year.
Of course, the vintage ornaments that Dad gave you the year before he passed away...the ones that his mom hung on her Christmas tree so many years before will be hung on the vintage feather tree.
Those sweet little bottle brush trees you've had for years won't take up much room.
Better get those out.
Even though your coveted flocked bottle brush trees have yellowed over the years, it just wouldn't be Christmas without them gracing the mantle along side your favorite mercury glass candle holders.
They still remind us of a quiet winter night.
The kind when the snow crunched under your feet as you walked to midnight mass at the local Catholic church when you were a kid.
Then...you find her.
The precious angel that your oldest daughter(now almost 40) made for you in preschool.
The last Christmas that her Papa was with us.
He had leukemia.
It was a tradition to put this little angel on our tree for many years.
When we moved to our cottage a few years ago, I lost track of her.
Just the other day, I found her gently tucked in a box toward the back of the closet.
I was elated when I unwrapped the box, and found her!
I sent a photo of her to my daughter over the phone saying..."remember me?"
Her response was, "hahaha, Yes!"
My eyes still fill with tears thinking about what this little angel means to me.
I love her crooked smile, blue eyes(just like my dear daughter) and her green(my favorite color) curly hair.
The new ornaments? I will be using them to decorate with this year. Along side all of my cherished, and, used year after year, favorite things!