Christmas memories

My youngest son wondered aloud this year why my Christmas-tree decorations are all glass bulb ornaments. I like the way they reflect the lights!

I do hang one non-bulb ornament on my tree. When I was in Kindergarten, my teacher gave every student a shiny red plastic bell ornament onto which she painted their name, “Kdg.,” and the year (for me, 1972!). It was her annual tradition. I have ornaments from other school years, crafty, schlocky things made of popsicle sticks, felt, and decoupage. They stay in the ornament box. I like the bell for its simplicity, its purity; it is a just-right reminder of a time I enjoyed very much and hold in high regard.


For me, the holidays are really about gathering with people I love and having good times together. These times inevitably create warm memories. The whole family is coming to my house this year for Christmas, and there’s so much to do! To give me a little more time to prepare, between now and Christmas Day I’ll be sharing with you some past posts of Christmas memories.

Next: The traditional Grey family Christmas music.


12 responses to “Christmas memories”

  1. Jennifer S Avatar

    It’s beautiful, I love it! You’re right, the memories are one of the best things about Christmas.

    Once, when our son was a toddler, he hung a plastic toy key on the tree. It was from the dashboard of one of those little cars kids can sit in and propel along with their feet. It’s blue and yellow, and it’s been on our tree every year since.

    This year, he’s taller than I am. He took it out of the storage box and was like, “Mom, do you really want this on the tree?”

    Are you kidding me? I would not have a tree in the house without it.

    1. Jim Avatar

      The plastic key is a perfect example of just the kind of memories Christmas is all about!

  2. Tori Nelson Avatar

    Neat that you’ve held onto that ornament and all those sweet Christmas memories! I have so many memories of excitedly handing my mom the various crafty things I’d made at school: macaroni wreath, glittery popsicle stick ornament. My son came home from preschool yesterday with a paper gingerbread man he’d decorated and rushed to put in on the tree. All I could think was “It’s starting!!!!”.

    1. Jim Avatar

      I’m amazed I still have it, as so many of my personal possessions didn’t survive my divorce!

  3. ryoko861 Avatar

    Can’t wait to read about some of those memories! I have a couple of those vintage ornaments from Christmas’ past, too. Yeah, brings me back to better times as well.

    1. Jim Avatar

      Well, if you’re determined, they’re all in the archives!

  4. pesoto74 Avatar

    It is amazing how it has survived all these years. It seems like there is a magic to the few items that manage to stay with us through all the changes that life brings.

    1. Jim Avatar

      What’s even more amazing is how many of my childhood friends still have their Kindergarten bell, based on the comments I’m getting on Facebook.

  5. davidvanilla Avatar

    May this Christmas season be another time in your life which you enjoy very much and you may hold it in high regard!

    1. Jim Avatar

      Thank you David! Same to you.

  6. Carla Smith Avatar
    Carla Smith

    This is a wonderful keepsake ornament. It should be hung on the tree. Merry Christmas!

    1. Jim Avatar

      Same to you, Carla!

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