As I was “decking the halls” last weekend, placing each ornament on the tree, I thought of the family, friends and events that the ornaments represented. Here is a few of the stories about our ornaments.
The mouse, two elves and red/green bells on the left are the first ornaments Tim and I purchased for our very first Christmas together in 1980. We had a small, scraggly Anchorage spruce that defies any semblance of a Christmas tree but…it worked for us. The bells are woven, the mouse and elves are paper mache.
My mother made the felt ducks and bear. Behind the bear is a lobster trap my friend Debi brought me as a gift from Maine.
The ceramic woman with fruit came with a plate of cookies from a friend in Cordova. I can still taste those cookies.
A blown glass bird is stunning, also a gift from Debi. Thank you for giving me these ornaments to member you by.
From my years in Alaska, my home state, I have Alaskan Native art. The mukluk has real fur.
And finally, our tree topper, Mr Bear and his stocking. I fell in love with this guy about 20 years ago and he has graced the top of our tree ever since. Tim says it is his favorite, also.