It's that time of year again, time to put up the Christmas decorations. For us, and probably for many of you, it is also a time to rejoice over a lot of good memories. The decorations on our little tree bring back memories of Christmases past. We talk about where the ornaments came from. Some belonged to my mother, some remind us of why we bought them--like the small US Marine in dress blues, bought when Doug went into the Marine Corps. There is a Santa in running gear to remind us of when we both ran for exercise. The Santa wearing a priest's color brings back the many years John served as a priest in Colorado churches and here in Arizona
We have been traveling in our RV since 1988 and some of the ornaments were purchased as souvenirs of places we've been. Even one from England--obviously we didn't get there in our RV. We have a canoe and a lighthouse from the Maritime Provinces of Canada and 4 small RV trailers recalling our mode of travel.
I collected Santas for years. One of these I had as a child, 2 belonged to my mother, 4 are Santas John carved and others were purchased on our travels or at garage sales.
These 4 snowmen were made--or dressed--by my mother. They represent John, me, Doug and Eric.
I also have a small collection of nativity scenes. This year is has been joined by this great scene that John carved over the past couple of years. We set it up in front of our house here in Arizona.