Today’s post is a special guest post written by my very own Mom! I asked her to write some posts for me because I just feel like she has so much to offer my readers. I hope you enjoy!!
When I became a Gigi last year, I had a new and exciting role to fill. As I was decorating for Christmas, awaiting the birth of my second grandson, I was reminded of what my own grandmothers had done to prepare me to decorate for my first Christmas as a wife. Looking back, I feel so spoiled and loved!
My Granny kept a secret from me for 21 years! Each Christmas she shopped the after- Christmas sales and bought decorations for our first Christmas as a married couple. You can’t imagine the relief (of not having to purchase all of my decorations) and joy (at discovering these hidden treasures)! She made a list by year of what was purchased so I would always know.
Among the ornaments, was this precious granddaughter ball.
These carolers were the beginning to my Christmas music box collection. I later inherited many more from Granny when she was no longer able to live in her home. When we were children, my brother and I would race around her house, winding the music boxes up, trying to get them all playing at once! I hope my grandchildren will play that game in my home someday.
My grandma also contributed to my first “married” Christmas. She loved to crochet and made this lovely heirloom tree skirt.
She also made this special tree. I used to visit her often when I was in college, which is when she was making these trees for family and friends. She insisted on making one for me, and it was just perfect for my dorm room.
These decorations have brightened my home for 29 years now and always ignite the memories of Christmases spent with my grandparents. Oh, the love, smiles, and laughter! I don’t think anyone can make you feel quite as special as a grandparent can.
Last year, I started a Christmas box for each of my grandchildren that I will add to each year. I plan to make some decorations also. I will mark each adornment with the child’s name and year purchased or created. When they get married, or are on their own and ready to decorate, I will present each with a decorating package.
Now I have a new purpose for shopping the after-Christmas sales, and finding new crafting projects!!
Thank you so much for this post, Mom! It was so special for me to read because I recognize a lot of those decorations but never knew the story behind them. Your grandchildren are going to LOVE getting a decorating package from you. What a neat idea!