Friday, November 13, 2009

Vintage Christmas Tree Ornaments...

I believe everyone has vintage/old ornaments that adorn their Christmas Tree every year. But this year I have officially inherited my mother's silk ball ornaments that she had made in Okinawa, Japan 1970 (during the Vietnam War). We lived there for 3 years and my mother designed some ornaments and a Japanese lady made them for her. There used to be about 60 of the silk balls but over the years some have come un-spun and were thrown away. After my mother died my grandmother had them on her tree for 20 years/Christmas Seasons. This year, I have them. My grandmother passed away this early summer and the Christmas Balls have come to live with me. I am delighted to have them on a tree with my grandmother's ornaments as well. But for me, these Christmas Ornaments represent years of memories and legacy. My mother was very creative and every year she hosted the very first Officer Wives Club Tea wherever we lived on base/post. This is the 21st year after my mother's death in 1988 that I have the blessing to decorate with these Christmas Balls. So, I thought I would share them with you here. I am pretty proud of them and I hope to one day pass them onto my daughter and she will take great care of them. Funny, while putting them on the special tree that I purchased this year just for these ornaments...a rush of memories flashed throughout my mind. Christmas music in the background, cookies in the oven, and cider in a copper pot on the stove. This is how my mother started her decorating. I hope to share and embed these kinds of memories with my children. I hope they always remember that it is the special touches of memories that mean the most.
Not the gift that was given under the tree.

7 comments:

JoanneK said...

Those are precious memories! I am certain your daughter will someday treasure them as much as you do! They are absolutely beautiful! Thanks for sharing your story!

Lovin' Life said...

What a wonderful gift.....that is my favorite, the Christmas stuff I pull out that has been around for years, so many memories when we decorate our tree, I love it!!

Lynn said...

they are gorgeous and wonderful gift and its awesome that you've captured them forever.

Kathleen Summers said...

What treasures. And pretty pictures of them too!

Lindasueanne said...

Wow, those are beautiful ornaments and wonderful memories!!

Jackie L. said...

Oh my goodness Kimberly ! I wasn't expecting to see such beautiful ornaments as I scrolled down....your mother designed some stunning ornaments. Thank you for sharing them with us.

Renee said...

Love the history behind your beautiful ornaments! They are Stunning!