Most of us have a few really special ornaments on the Christmas tree, memories of first Christmases together, perhaps milestones in our lives like our children’s birth.
Amongst those precious ornaments in my home are four made by the hands of my Great-Aunt Amelia.
Visiting her home in Levittown, NY, as a child one Christmas season, I fell in love with a set of handmade Twelve Days of Christmas ornaments that she had crafted.
I thought they were the most exquisite and special decorations I’d ever seen.
Back then in the 1970’s, the ornaments I’d known were store-bought glass spheres or paper creations made by children; I had never seen such handmade skill kissed with love.
Hand-cut felt, trimmed with gold filigree ribbon and bold, bright sequins, glued together masterfully.
My heart beat with glee when she gifted some duplicates of those precious ornaments to our family that year! It was my very own mini-set to admire each day during the holiday season!
Truly, time after time that year I went to the tree and just admired them, in awe that she could turn felt and sequins and ribbon into such beautiful creations.
It’s now over 40 years later and not one sequin or piece of felt has come loose.
💚 That is absolute excellence in artistry. 💚
Honestly, it speaks a lot about the family Aunt Amelia and Uncle Frank (her hubby) created. They have passed on, but now I see the cousins I played with at her house as parents of grown children in their own right, and I watch the fun, camaraderie and love amongst their generations shine through in vivid color like the bright shiny sequins on these ornaments. Their generations are glued together solidly, part of a family tree grounded and rooted in the foundation built generations ago.
💚 May I leave a legacy of love like that.💚 #legacy #livethesimplelife #livethesimplelifewithme #merrychristmas #legacychristmas #madewithlove