I moved out of my parents home when I was almost 22. I wanted to do the “adult” thing. Of course, I made sure I could afford it but I forgot to add things like Christmas decorations into the budget.
Fortunately for me my oldest sister, JoAnne, was very crafty and resourceful. She invited me to her house one Saturday and we sat around her table and made some ornaments using pieces of felt, socks, bits of jewelry and even paper clips!.
See the candle? This was made from a couple of pieces of felt and stuffed with cotton.
It has definitely seen better days but here it is on our tree a couple of years ago. It is well over 40 years old and yet I remember so clearly the fun my sister and I had that day.
This little snowman was made using one of my brother-in-law’s old socks turned inside out. It, too, is still adorning our trees all these years later.
Every year when I put this Rudolph on the tree I think that I need to at least put his eye back on. How can he see to lead the sleigh with only one eye?
She had some broken pieces of jewelry that she used to decorate this tree.
One of the ones that I thought was really clever was making an ice skate using a paper clip for the blades. JoAnne was a teacher so of course she had plenty of those around. This one could also use some TLC:
For a while I was trying to get or make a new ornament for the tree every year but little by little that practice stopped. I’ve even stopped decorating as much as I used to, but it wouldn’t be Christmas to me without these special ornaments.
My sister, JoAnne, was 12 years older than I so I barely remember her being at home with us when I was young; she got married when I was 8. As I got older we became really good friends and it is times like this when I miss her the most. JoAnne passed away at age 59 in 2002. Way too young.
Do you make your own ornaments? Have any special ones from your first Christmas tree? Love to hear about it!
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