Sunday, December 11, 2011

Special Handmade Ornaments and Their Significance

This past weekend was a big time to purchase the Christmas tree from the many lots. It got me thinking as I decorated our Fraser fir this year about the many ornaments I have collected over the years and what they mean to me. Especially those handcrafted with love by others (some who are no longer with me) that are my prized ornaments year after year. I'd like to share a few of them with you.

  This may not look like much - a piece of foil formed into a ball and attached with yarn, but this ornament was one of the first my son made at the tender age of three.

This handmade knitted stocking was made by one of my best friends and given to me when I was in high school. Notice the L for my first name. She died tragically a few years back, and the only way I found out about it was during an attempt to reach her for a class reunion. So sad, but I have this ornament to cherish the friendship and the memories.

My grandmother and my namesake Laura Schreiber made many of her own Christmas ornaments such as this one, along with others she crocheted by hand. They are cherished pieces that decorate our tree every year in memory of her. She died at the age of 97.

 And lastly, one cannot forget the Reason for the Season and this cherished ornament. My parents brought it back for me from the actual place of our Savior's birth, in Bethlehem. It is handmade out of olive wood.


Courtney Thompson said...

so sweet. thanks for sharing this Blissful! Hope you guys have a very Merry Christmas!

Joy said...

Thank you for sharing your tree with us. So many of my friends trees are decorated to the nines with special bought ornaments. I can count on both hands how many store bought ornaments are on my tree. The rest are all handmade by myself and my children. They mean more to me than anything. It is good to see others with handmade ornaments on their tree. Have a very Merry Christmas. :)

Cindy said...

Your tree is beautiful and I love each of the ornaments that carry a special memory. Homemade ornaments are one-of-a-kind unique because you know the gift giver created it with you especially in mind.

The tin foil ornament made by your son made me smile because our daughter made one for us that looks a lot like it. She covered an egg cup with tin foil, and like you, it's one of my favorite ones to hang each year. Thanks for sharing. I really enjoyed your photos and post! Merry Christmas!