My husband and I have three young adults. When our oldest started kindergarten, I drove her to school. One day as I watched her walk down the hall to her class, a teacher whose children had grown up said to me, "Tomorrow she will graduate." My thoughts were, how can this be? Today, that daughter is in her third year of college. Our middle child will graduate this year, and our youngest will graduate in 2013. I’m thankful for the advice from mothers who encouraged me to keep a journal of the cute things they have said.
Are you interested in knowing the value of your keepsake decorations? For several years, I have been an avid collector of Hallmark ornaments. I discovered a book entitled Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Value Guide by Nicki Pierce that I found very interesting, and I was surprised to see what my collectibles are currently worth.
Since right after Thanksgiving, and as Christmas draws nearer, I’ve noticed a considerable number of books being checked out and checked in on designing Christmas ornaments. Some of the ornaments are elaborate, some have a simple elegance, and still some are just very traditional with a nostalgic feel. Somehow, as I began decorating my Christmas tree, I thought of those books and began taking a closer look at my own ornaments.
Some holiday traditions are born with each new child. Others are passed down through the generations. Sometimes, we have forgotten why we do the things we do, but we still do them. Probably, because Great-Grandma Isabella showed us how.
Mom had three tree ornaments that were always the last to go on the tree. When my brother and sister and I started having trees of our own, Mom gave each of us one of the ornaments. We treasure them.