Monday, November 5, 2007

Ornament Swap

I just signed up for an ornament swap here, and you should too. I love the idea of sending handmade ornaments to complete strangers, and getting lovingly crafted ornaments in return. Particularly since I'm just starting out in the world on my own, and haven't developed a collection of holiday decorations like my mother. I'm going to get a little tree for my apartment and decorate it with the ornaments I get in this swap. They'll be the only ones there, since they'll be the only ones I own! I'll make up stories about the people who sent them to me, and wonder about the people that have mine.
When I was little, the Christmas tree was a magical force that changed the whole house into a place of joy. My family would put it up together, taking out the same ornaments year after year. I had stories for each one. I would pretend that the Christmas mouse in a cherry pie was offering Mrs. Clause a piece, who politely asks for the recipe, and of course you could transport from one Christmas light to another... Now I'm excited to be starting my own collection and making new stories.


DDRKirby(ISQ) said...

Of course, the christmas tree in my house has been up and standing for a total of 5 years and running, at least...(we've lost track)

DDRKirby(ISQ) said...

not to mention all of the other christmas (and possibly halloween?) decorations everywhere. My parents don't really understand the concept of home design--my mom does fine with putting things up, but she's terrible at knowing to take things down. So all of our hallways are overloaded with old stuff that in -my- opinion is really boring and not really worth looking at. oh well!