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Monday, December 31, 2012

The perfect tree....the perfect ornament....

Can you see it?? It's in there...right there...hiding in the branches of the Christmas tree. Can you see it??

I love....LOVE...finding the perfect Christmas tree...but if I can find one that a little bird has loved too....loved enough to call it home....then it really IS perfect!!

Folklore tells us that finding a bird's nest in your Christmas tree means good luck and prosperity for the coming year!! This is, actually, the second time we have found a tree with a bird's nest in it...I kept that one...and I will add this one to my collection, too!!

I am going to be very sad when we take the tree(s) down. We are going to do it on Wednesday morning....and then I am going to the shop and do some sprucing up!! We spent some time at the shop, today....took the tree in the dining room down...fixed the garland over the bakery case....took all of the Christmas down from the fireplace in the dining room and redecorated it for the Winter season....and my husband braved the bitter cold and packed away all of the Christmas lights, outside, and replaced them with the "Winter" lights!!! It is always so bittersweet....I hate to see the Christmas get packed away but there is something very energizing about the redecorating process.

So....Wednesday morning...we will take each of the well loved ornaments off of the tree....wrap them carefully and, probably, do a little reminiscing. Each and every ornament has a story to tell and a special "sweet" memory to go with it!! But after everything is packed....and before we take the tree outside....I will carefully remove the nest and add it to my decorations. I have to say...as much as I love all of our Christmas ornaments I think, this year, this one was my favorite!! I hope that the folklore is right....and that the coming year brings good luck and prosperity....not just for me and my family....but for all of you as well!!

"Like snowflakes, my Christmas memories gather and dance ~~ each beautiful, unique and too soon gone."

Out with the old....and in with the new...

                                                   Happy New Year!!!!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Grown up Christmas.....

Just one more week....that's all....just one more week!! I am ready...are you?? I mean...I still have to wrap...but that's OK. We are going to go and "finish up" today....a few more more special surprises. I have to get our gingerbread house done (a train station because my Grandson LOVES trains!!) that's on my list for tomorrow. Our "real tree" needs to be decorated....but we do that on Christmas Eve...to continue the tradition of Santa Claus decorating the tree. I want to bake some Christmas cookies for MY family...but that will have to wait until I am done baking them for all of you...but I am OK with that, too....it's how it's always been. But....I am ready.~~~ It's funny how Christmas changes. I mean...this year....like last...is calm. The kids are all grown and in relationships. So our family has expanded. And we have our Grandson....which puts the "kid" back into our Christmas....but that's not how it has changed. When your kids grow up....Christmas grows up, too. There are no more letters to Santa with a wishlist a mile long (you are on your own!!) No running around trying to find the latest toy...no long nights putting it together!! No constant questions about "how much longer until Christmas gets here"....or questions about Santa Claus. No plays, or concerts...or those "shopping" days at school. I would be lying if I said I didn't miss all of that...those were some of our very, very best Christmases. But these "new" grown up Christmases are wonderful, too. As long as we can all be together...and enjoy the Holiday and each others company (and I have a fun and lively bunch...you can't help it!!!) it will always be a wonderful Christmas...but, today, I am thinking about all of those families in Connecticut who are going through hell. They will not have any of the things I miss either....but not because their kids are grown.~~~ Make the most of every Holiday with your family...make the most of every DAY with your family....because they are all a gift. Yes, I am ready....I think a little sharing, caring and hope are in order...and then, maybe, a little "change you would like to see in the world" thrown in, too....hey...now there's a great....PRODUCTIVE....New Years resolution!!!!