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The bottom of a box…

RJ and I were married the summer my Great Grandpa Bert passed away. Among other things we received some Christmas decorations that he and my Grama Niece used:

I’m assuming she made these but I don’t know anything else about them. I’m hoping for some enlightenment from my wiser relatives (Note: if you tell me these are from Alice and not Grama I will cry). Did she use them regularly? Did they have a specific place where they were displayed? These are among my favorite things to hang each Christmas and this year I found the perfect place for them…the flower in the laundry room was theirs too.

And then I always smile with a sense of nostalgia when I get out this box of their lights and though it’s seen better days I can’t bring myself to replace this little bit of family history:

I love that it’s a popcorn box because it reminds me of the Jiffy Pop we had when we went camping and even at their house sometimes. If you look closely, the picture on the right has 2 sets of handwriting on it.

This year I pulled out the newspaper from the bottom of the box and discovered these things underneath it:

Before I threw them away I took a picture because along with the newspaper, I felt like I’d found a little time capsule. It’s just random things- lights, light covers, a smashed ribbon, a holly berry but I wonder about those things. I imagine they accumulated over time and to me they represent happy Christmases among those I love and miss. Though our house doesn’t have many fancy decorations, it’s important to me that most of the beautiful things we surround ourselves by remind us of our family.

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