|It looks pretty and it's very traditional, but does a thing like this have any personal significance whatsoever?? Christmas is supposed to be a time of reflection, humble gratitude, and goodwill. What do these brand new $2.99 fabric bows have to do with that? |
Screengrabbed from Wikimedia Commons.
There would be no cheap garlands and made-in-China shiny tinsel. There would only be symbols of important rites of passage. I myself would acquire only one new ornament each year, plus I would add gifts from other people that held personal significance.
Once I settled on this idea, the obvious thought hit me: Maybe I would live long enough to see my tree achieve decorative completion, or maybe I would not. There was only one way to find out.
But then came the relentless passage of time, with all of its extraordinary events. Here's a small sample from the years that followed.
|From a year when Enron passed out hundred-dollar Swarovski ornaments as if they were candy canes. And I went to one of those legendary Enron Christmas parties and I wandered around feeling completely helpless, wondering how on earth I would ever be capable of comprehending the essential mechanics of business, because money seemed to be raining down from the sky, and I couldn't for the life of me identify the source of it. |
And the rest, as they say, is history - not just mine, but every Houstonian's. I stare at this ornament today and I am transported back to those moments of helplessness in the face of hollow grandeur. And even now, I become as breathless as the now-lifeless corporation whence this expensive bit of glitter derived.
|A gift from a family member in 1999, because elephants never forget, and I am known for having a very good memory.|
|More gifted folk art: Santa on the half shell. My extended family likes to support local microbusinesses just as I do.|
|As my baby grew, so did the collection of ornamental art projects that she produced.|
|A S'mores ornament which we selected to commemorate 2005, because we did a heck of a lot of camping that year!|
May your holiday be deeply meaningful to you according to whatever your personal traditions comprise.