Shiny Brite ornaments were the most popular Christmas tree ornaments made in the 1940’s and 1950’s in the United States. I have an original box set that my grandma gave to me when I had my first apartment, and Christmas tree, of my own. Those ornaments hark back to the time when she and her sisters were the age that I am today. I always keep an eye out for them in antique stores, and it makes me wonder what will evoke memories of Christmases past when I am in my eighties.
It is easy to feel homesick around the holidays, because it’s often a mile marker for realizing that things are never going to be the same. For others, the times seem more joyous and precious than ever, and I need to keep that in mind. I am just missing people right now, but on New Year’s Eve, I’ll raise my cup to the shiny nostalgic memories and hopes for unexpectedly brite futures.
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well that was perfect- you captured in words and photos exactly my thoughts this time of year. I love how you paused to capture the heirloom ornaments and put words to the feelings they invoke, as well as the local Christmas love around you. Thank you!
at least one of my very best christmas memories involves you! hope to celebrate the eve-eve soon! (and come by for a spell on nye if you like…)
It’s funny how the holidays can make us happy and sad all at the same time. Things change, we change, things remain the same, as do we. It’s weird, but I guess life is weird.
well said, mamanne. here’s to embracing the weirdness 🙂