Hi, Savannah here. I'm feeling sad and grateful. This will be the first holiday season without my dad. But, truthfully, it feels a bit like years past since I put up all the decorations. The year after my Mom died, he let me figure out what traditions I wanted to continue and what traditions I wanted to start. He was wise that way.
My favorite part is putting up the Christmas tree. It's always a real tree, but only about five feet tall so that I wouldn't get overwhelmed. I put on the lights first, then the ribbon garlands and finally start hanging the ornaments. In one time-worn box are the fragile ornaments that my mom made during the first Christmas of their marriage. They didn't have much money, so she made a dozen out of egg-cartons, poster paint, glitter, glue, and scraps of lace and rick-rack that she gleaned from the bottom of her sewing box. The white one has in the picture has cutout openings filled with colored tissue paper to resemble stained glass panels. It's the first ornament I put on the tree and it gets the front and center position.
The last holiday installation task is to display my mom's collection of snow babies. Mom loved them and she would get one every Christmas from Dad to add to her collection. They rest on a pair of crocheted place mats that my Grandmother made.
What are your unique decorating rituals?
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