Wednesday, December 31, 2008

The Ghost Of Christmas Past #2

My step-mom used to do a lot of craft-making. She was always working on something for every holiday that she would set around the house or hang on the tree or give as a gift. She made a lot of tree ornaments and I received a fair share of them many years ago.

A holiday wreath.

This is one of my favorites of hers. It's a wreath made from a lacquered wooden ring, with a tiny holiday tree in the middle embroidered on fabric and stuffed from behind to make it look like a little pillow. It's no more than three inches in diameter. It just says Christmas to me.

To its right is a cucumber ornament, part of a set of vegetable ornaments I found one year. I'm fond of food-related things for the tree. And there are more than one bunch-of-grapes ornaments hanging on it, too.

And, while you're here, let me wish you all the best for a healthy and happy 2009.



  1. Meilleurs Voeux pour le nouvel An, Walt. Looking forward to learn more about your life in France

  2. Hey! It's no fair! You're going to get to 2009 before I do!

  3. Hey! It's no fair! You're going to get to 2009 before I do!

  4. I love your tree decorations!

    Happy New Year to you all!


  5. I love the little embroidered tree ornament :) I thought that your cucumber ornament was a pickle? I remember reading one year about the tradition of hiding a pickle ornament on the tree-- the first person to find it gets a little gift. We started doing that a few years ago. My brother in law likes to be the one to find it.

    I would be happy with a quiet evening at home with a few friends over tonight, but, as Elliot is a musician, every NYEve has us going to a big party, where his band plays. It is nice to get the big splashy event for free... actually, to EARN money and get the big splashy event. Lots of festivities. At least we have nice friends among the band members and their spouses, so we will be with friends.

    Enjoy the Eve and the fire!

  6. I love the ornaments, especially their 'history'. Looking forward to visiting with you (via your blog) in the new year. May this be your most happy, prosperous, and healthy year ever.


  7. beaver, thanks and a good year to you as well.

    alewis, well, I have a feeling yours will be more exciting!

    bettyann, merci, and bonne année to you all.

    judy, maybe it is a pickle... I'll have to taste it! Hope your evening goes well - sounds like fun!

    robbie, thanks!

  8. Happy New Year to you both!

  9. We have a pickle ornament, Walt. And a strawberry that is one of my very faves. And a lovely golden pear. I don't think we have any other real "edible" type ornaments, but we have pine cones and a rose. There are also shells and cats! The ornament series is great. I'm taking down our tree today. BTW, your bagels (on Ken's blog) look fantastic.


  10. wayne, thanks!

    ginny, a strawberry ornament sounds great. I'll have to look for one. Happy New Year to all of you. We enjoyed your message and photos!


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