Love and ornaments on a shoe string.
When my husband and I first got married we were flat broke. But we made lovely Christmas celebrations on a shoe string. All of our ornaments were homemade and it was a great part of the celebration to make them. As the children came along, we’d make ornaments with them. Some years we’d put gingerbread men on the tree, other years we’d put strings of popcorn and cranberries. But always it was so much fun to figure out what we could make with what we had on hand in the cupboards.
My very favorite group of ornaments we made were parchment scrolls with scripture verses about Jesus. The top of the tree held the largest one “Behold the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” I made them with parchment paper burnt around the edges to look old, done by hand in calligraphy. Today you can use a fancy font on your printer, but this was long before personal computers and printers!
Remember those construction paper chains you make as children for Thanksgiving? Well, I would pay $2 and with a yard of Christmas fabric and a hot glue gun you can make some lovely fabric garlands. We have 4 different ones in different colors. They make any tree look old fashioned and homey!
Beauty from ashes.
A number of years ago almost all of our ornaments were destroyed . It was so heartbreaking, some of them were ornaments from Kevin’s childhood or that my children made when they were very little. In the scheme of life it was a minor thing, but to this Mama’s heart, it was so hard. Then some of my very dearest friends in the world sent me ornaments from their trees! Now our tree is covered with a huge variety of unique ornaments. That year was a blessing for all of us as we awaited the mail each day to get wonderful gifts from all over the world. And year after year since, opening up the ornament box and re-reading the beautiful letters of love that accompanied the ornaments still brings tears to my eyes. We spent many hours praying for all my dear friends who shared their lives and love with us.
How have ornaments helped to build traditions in your family?
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