Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
Wickeds do you have a favorite ornament or decoration? What makes it so special?
Edith: This might seem like an odd one, but we all get the most fun out of Scary Santa. It’s a decoration one of my sons made way, way back in early elementary school. I plant its popsicle stick around the house every year in December (moving him overnight for even more fun) and we make up stories about the loony, slightly menacing expression. Why is his face the same color as his hat? Who punched him in the nose? And so on… Scary Santa keeps the holiday light! (And yes, that is action-figure Barack behind, expressing his support, of course.)
Barb: We’re away for Christmas this year, so no tree and therefore, no photograph. I’ll answer by reprising the story of Suicide Santa, the small pewter ornament who burrows so deep into the tree he gets left there, even when we search hard for him. He gets carried out to the street with the tree every year. My husband thinks he’s trying to do away with himself. I think he is merely trying to escape us. But somehow, he always gets found, even though one year it wasn’t until April when the snow melted in the yard. You can read more about his adventures here.
Sherry: I love your Suicide Santa story, Barb! I have a collection of Santa Claus figurines. I didn’t set out to collect them, but one year as I was unpacking Christmas decorations, I realized I did. Since then I’ve added to them. Every year I look forward to unpacking them and remembering where they came from.
It’s hard to pick a favorite, but I do love the Santa and Mrs. Claus salt and pepper shakers that I found at a church sale. I think part of the reason I like them is because they remind me of some figurines that were in our house growing up.
Liz: I sort of purged all my Christmas stuff and now I’m creating new collections and getting new ornaments. I found this little guy for my tree and right now he’s my favorite. Owls have a special meaning for me and besides that, he’s too darn cute!
Julie: My Christmas tree is full of memories. Gifts from my family, ornaments passed down from my grandmother and grandfather, ornaments the nieces and nephews have made me over the years. I’ve also taken to buying ornaments when I travel, so there is a lot of my own history on the tree. So hard to pick a favorite, but I’ll choose this one. My sister Caroline is the youngest, but was the first one married. She had the big wedding of the family, for which I am always grateful. Aunts, uncles, friends who are no longer with us were all there, having a blast. Anyway, she saw this ornament at the Christmas Tree Shop and thought she’d get them as gifts to the attendants. Either my mother or I said “maybe they could be favors” and all of a sudden the three of us were fighting people off so we could get 160 of them. Then, my mother wrote Caroline and Glenn’s initials on the mainsail, and the date of the wedding on the jib. We packaged them in cellophane with table assignments as the tag. To this day, twenty years now, people write and mention putting the ornament on the tree.
Jessie: I have too many favorites to pick one! Every year when I was a child, and then even for many after I became an adult, my mother gave each of her children and then grandchildren an ornament on Christmas Eve. My tree is filled with them and they are all so lovely. Then there are the ornaments I made as a child and the ones my own children have made. There are three white origami birds my husband folded on the Christmas Day he asked me to marry him that we always tuck into the branches. Capping it all off is the delicate, glass staff for the top of the tree that belonged to my great-grandparents. Our tree is so filled with memories it sort of chokes me up just thinking about it as I add my bit to the post! I hope all of our dear readers have holiday traditions that bring them as much joy!
Readers: We hope you have a lovely day. Do you have a favorite holiday decoration?