The Memories of Holidays Past
They reside in our minds just waiting to once again form and in a way haunt us. I’m talking about ornaments that are a tradition of many people. The ones I cherish most are the ones that were made by my children.
This ornament is one of three. I bought this kit at Micheal’s as a fun holiday project for us to do. We had so much fun. I taught my daughters how to use a needle to sew up the two halves of the ornament, but leave a small hole for the batting. You can see where it was stitched. I helped my daughter’s with the mouth because that was a bit tricky. I think it’s endearing that the rosy cheeks aren’t quite level.
I got this one from a secret santa party at work. Everyone draws names and you buy a gift for that particular person. The fun part came with trying to get it into their office when they weren’t looking. It had to just appear. It was so nice to find the gaily wrapped box with this happy guy inside that year.
This wreath is very simple and made out of beads on a yarn string. But I put this on the tree every year to remind myself about humility. Being a single mother, some Christmases were tough. My church had The Giving Tree and I put my daughters’ names on that year because I couldn’t afford presents. I got two of these in the box of goodies my church dropped off a week before Christmas. I was overcome.
Then there are just fun ornaments. My oldest daughter loved this Winnie the Pooh character and when we found it in the store we, of course, had to have it. Love his cute whimsical smile and the jingle bells.
These are two of my favorite reindeer that my daughters made. The first one are my daughter’s thumbprints and the second is a clothespin with googly eyes and a fur ball nose. Love them. They evoke so many memories of my children growing up.
And that brings me to my last ornament. This is a symbol of the novels I’ve completed in my Going to the Dogs series. Who doesn’t love furry, lovable dogs?
Tell me about some of your traditions. Anything that evokes memories of the Holidays for you.
Zoe Dawson is the alter ego of Karen Anders, award winning, multi-published author for Harlequin. Her writing journey started with poetry and branched out into fiction. With a couple of college English courses under her belt, she penned a historical, then moved onto contemporary romance fiction. Today, she is happy producing romantic suspense, romantic mystery, and paranormal novels. The words feed her soul and the happily ever afters feed her heart. Leashed is the first book in the Going to the Dogs series. Groomed for Murder, Book #2 is scheduled to release this month! Check her blog for the cover reveal this Saturday, December 22.