17 December 2012
Off My Mother's Tree
My sister made lots of the shell ornaments on the bottom when my mother switched to a more organized look for the Christmas tree. As I remember the story, they'd decided on the design but hadn't been able to find shells that would work (no surprise in Utah before the internet), but we stumbled on some when we were visiting Florida. It seems like they were in some touristy souvenir shop, but they were perfect and now there are many of these. Enough that my mother was willing to share one with me a few years ago.
The other two ornaments are two more ways I benefited later from my mother's new tree style (I also got some of my grandmother's ornaments that I posted earlier). They were on the tree when I was little and were favorites. One summer our garage flooded and some of the Christmas decorations were damaged or ruined. I remember worrying specifically about these. They barely survived, and they're on my tree now. My boys love them too.