She has been working for weeks now – going out to the storage shed, rummaging through boxes, and finding her Christmas treasures.
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This is a quiz – how many “Christmassy” things are in this picture? Everything you find is from her past, except the large candle and fall flowers display which is a thanksgiving present from one of her daughters. The macramé tree on the back of the sofa; the “Joy” wall hanging; the angel candleholder; the ceramic caroler. Each is from a Christmas long past, and she has enjoyed fussing and moving and getting ready for Christmas.
Of course, Christmas is about family – children in particular. She may not always be able to remember the names of the grandchildren or great children, but her emotions register the happiness of those children. Seven Christmases ago she received these cutout hand prints of four of her great-grandchildren. She beams with pleasure as she remembers happiness, even if she cannot remember their names now. Be sure to look on the chrome and glass shelf – there are Christmas treasures there too. At the far left there are more on her desk.
Even the kitchen has memories. Its easy to find the stocking hanging on a rack intended for paper towels, and there are decorative towels hanging on the handle of the oven. A crochet and foam Christmas tree adorns the countertop. What you can’t see are Christmas cups on the kitchen table, and magnets on the refrigerator. All this took weeks to do – and it kept her busy.
Then she is quiet in a moment of reflection.