When we decorate our home for the holidays I remind my family of the story around each decoration.
One of my favorites is the very first ornament I received from a friend who told me how important it is to build your own collection of holiday ornaments. I was single and had just moved into my own apartment at the time. I had a little Charlie Brown tree and not much to put on it. The little crochet dove she gave me has a musical box in in the back that plays a whiney (albeit not so loudly today) 'It's A Small World.'
Another good one is the little house ornament that represented the year we bought our first home in Pennsylvania. We had bought a townhouse and the ornament looked like our home. At the time I worked across from the Moravian Book Shop in Bethlehem, Pa., which is known for its selection of Bethlehem Star ornaments, but it also has lots of glass Christmas Tree ornaments. I spent a lot of money in that store.
But my favorite by far is the worn paper angel my 3-year-old daughter, Belle, made for our tree topper more than a decade ago. She was inspired by the Beauty and the Beast Enchanted Christmas movie that we only watched about a million times that year.
She's 17 now and we still use it.
What's your favorite holiday decoration? Tell us the story behind it and add a photo.
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