Sunday, December 11, 2016

New Ornaments for my Memory Wreath

I have written before about my Christmas Memory Wreath, here and here.

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!

 Of course, we can't be serious all the time, especially after a few glasses of wine.  I set the timer on my camera so we got a little silly!
I asked them to bring an ornament for my memory wreath, the only stipulation being that it must be something that will always remind me of that person.

 The cross on the left is from Ellen, who is as Irish as they come. The cross is the sign of St. Bridget, one of the patron saints of Ireland.  (Of course, later I had to Google it, and learned that the cross is a reproduction of a cross originally made from straw (or rushes) and it's a tradition to make the cross and hang it in the home to protect it from fire and evil.) 

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!!!!

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