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  • Writer's pictureJonda Beattie

If Ornaments Could Talk

I have several old family ornaments that I love to put out each year. A few days ago as I was admiring one of them, I realized that my family members probably have no idea as to where this precious (to me) ornament came from or any of its history. In fact, I wish I knew more about the story as to how it originally came into my family. I know that the figurine candle holder came from my maternal grandmother. I know that the bottom of it is marked “Made in occupied Japan”. I have another of my grandmother’s ornaments and a lot of my mother’s ornaments. I have some old glass balls that were from a close friend of my mother. I have ornaments on my tree that were mine as a child and are still favorites to put out each year.

While every ornament on my tree has meaning to me, I realize that most of the stories about them are of interest only to me. But some might be of interest to other family members in time.

This year as I pack some of these ornaments away, I am going to take a picture of them along with a note giving some of the history as I know it. Hopefully, some day, they will become a treasure for someone else. Jonda S. Beattie Professional Organizer

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