Thursday, December 9, 2010

L'avènement de Noël: № 9




A beautiful tradition.

"Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time." —Laura Ingalls Wilder

Each Christmas, I look forward to the surprise of a new ornament from my Grandma. She searches and searches to find the perfect one for each of us, each year, that we will love. A tradition that begin with my very first Christmas, as I am the oldest, and has carried on with each of my cousins for over twenty years now. A thoughtful gesture, as I can only imagine how much time she spends looking for the most perfect trinket to reflect a bit of who we are or what we love. If possible, she neatly scripts the year below, on the base. And when that special time of the year circles around once again, and we merrily carry up the many boxes of decorations from our basements to decorate our trees and homes, a bit of nostalgia comes to mind and heart... I recall a knitted pair of sparkly socks, a very glamorous Victorian shoe, a sweet bear. Each are so dear and special, and before I know it, I could certainly fill a small tree...

01 Fairy Ornaments / 02 Jonathan Adler: Pop Menagerie Peacock Ornament / 03 snowflake ornaments in box / 04 silhouette ornament / 05 goldleaf bird ornaments


01 Tiffany blue box ornament / 02 "Gleaming Gifts Galore" Christmas ornament / 03 Jonathan Adler: elephant ornament / 04 Barney's New York: monkey ornament / 05 Liberty: postcard of London / 06 Liberty: British telephone box / 07 Soffieria De Carlini: Elegant Man Ornament / 08 2010 Amethyst Cased Ball Christmas Ornament / + lastly, 09 Barney's New York: reindeer ornament ... do you have any traditions like this?

— images: 01 to 06 Coté Est, Francesca Giovanelli, ornaments: their respective links

10 comments:

  1. Just adorable.I love the Tiffany blue box...but I also like the wire basket with the bird on top. So pretty, Sarah! xo

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  2. ooh i love the gold snowflakes. thanks for sharing and have a great weekend!

    xo.ashley

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  3. Such a beautiful tradition! Those decorations are like small pieces that carry a piece of your grandma's love, soul and care for each and every one of you. And I can imagine how you will still be opening a box full of sparling treasures year after year after year and share them with your children or simply stop and treasure every moment and every memory of all the previous Christmases. Your grandma is a treasure!
    Sending you a big warm hug and wishing you a wonderful weekend!
    xxx

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  4. oh how beautiful Sarah! I love so much ornaments. each year I add new ones to our collection. hope you have a lovely weekend! xo

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  5. Sarah, your series is nothing but pure eye-candy!! So beautiful. And the tradition your family has is wonderful and so meaningful :)
    Nancy xo

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  6. Not a tradition per se, but my grandmother loved her Christmas ornaments; they were her little treasures. I am lucky to have some of them now. I know she would be happy that I love them just as much as she did.

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  7. So many cute little trinkets! Love!

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  8. So so lovely, all of these photos Sarah! I especially love the color saturated ones at the top, isn't it fun how ornaments can bring so many memories rushing back!

    Lots of love to you this weekend--hope it's a happy one for you!

    xo Mary Jo

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  9. Your Grandmother sounds so very special, that is a wonderful idea of hers. What a lovely way to decorate your tree, with love from your Grandmother.

    I adore the ones shown here,
    xxx

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