Sunday, January 27, 2013

Do You Have a Favorite or Meaningful Ornament?

This past year as I was hanging my ornaments on my Christmas tree, I tried to pick out my most favorite or meaningful ornaments. Wow, that was hard!! I have several favorites but I have one ornament that stood out as my most meaningful.

In the mid 1980's I had a dear friend, Connie Awbrey, that received a diagnosis of cancer. She had three small daughters and a husband. A group of her friends got together and would take turns helping her out during chemotherapy treatments with cooking meals, watching the girls and offering support. It was very tough because we were the same age and I had two small daughters. I just couldn't imagine what she was going through.

For Christmas that year, Connie made each of us a cinnamon dough ornament.
The following year she lost her battle with cancer. That ornament became very precious to me. Each year I decorate my tree I always think of her. This past year her oldest daughter and her children joined our church. When I pulled out my ornaments, I felt I wanted to give that ornament to her daughter. I explained her mother had made it and given it to me as a gift. I asked if she would like to have it for her tree, she was touched! It has now become a meaningful ornament to her daughter...a little something of her mother. Even though I won't have that ornament to hang as I decorate my tree each year I will always remember Connie.

Just remember that some of the smallest and simplest ornaments given with love can become cherished memories.