In short, it's a large 36" diameter wreath that I started many years ago and it contains ornaments given to me or ornaments I created. Just about every ornament on this tree holds a memory for me, some sad, some funny, some nostalgic. So every year when I bring this out I spend more than a minute to think sweet thoughts of good people and good times. I was lucky to have some new ornaments to add this year.
A few years back I got to know a group of local artists and five of us kind of gravitated together and have shared some fun outings, lots of good dinners, and lots - and lots - of good wine! I knew they all liked Polish food, so this year I had them over for a traditional Polish dinner as I used to have with my family. I told them of some of the traditions I grew up with, such as the sharing of the Oplatek and Wigilia. We ate Pierogi, Kielbasa, Kapusta, Kruschiki - so good, so good!
Love the Wine You're With ornament was given to me by Patty, who is one of the funniest and most upbeat people I know, especially after a few glasses of wine! Spend an evening with Patty and you know you will laugh a lot.
Pam knitted the little Christmas stocking for me. Knitting is what she does and she does beautiful work - I may commission her for a larger version of this one day!
The plaque was given to me by Marsha, and she knows me well - I DO refuse to be average. Marsha is also most certainly not average - an accomplished and long-time artist, she's always inspiring.
We had a wonderful evening, and I was honored to hang these ornaments on my memory wreath. Thanks, guuurrrrlllllls!!!
A few days later, I also invited my friend Leigh over for a Polish lunch. We worked together at the same company before I retired and she now works not far away from me, which makes it convenient for us to meet for lunch every so often. We'll be friends forever, I hope, and she brought the absolutely perfect ornament for my wreath. We both graduated from Michigan State University - GO GREEN!!!! - so this Spartan ornament is so dear to me. Thanks, lady!
My memory wreath is getting a little bogged down and heavy, so I think I will rework it before I put it away. Never fear, the only ornaments that will be removed are duplicates of ones that I made. Everything else stays forever!!!!