“It’s time to wish you Merry Christmas or Happy Hanukkah.”
This is a short and sweet post … even a bit bittersweet.
Everyone has their Christmas traditions and I’ve had a few through the years … just like you.
Christmas in July.
One such ritual was that my mom and I used to attend the annual Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Preview Party every July. A few weeks before the event, I’d stop at the card store and pick up that year’s “Dream Book” and we’d peruse it, dog-earing the pages where ornaments of interest would appear. Then, on a steamy hot mid-July day, we’d go to our favorite Hallmark store and mix and mingle with the crowd of Hallmark Keepsake Ornament collectors, while munching on Christmas cookies, sipping hot chocolate or punch, admiring the holiday décor and listening to Christmas music in the background. We’d buy an ornament or two in the air-conditioned store, then step back outside into the sweltering July temps. The ornament(s) would be tucked away until Thanksgiving weekend when I hauled out all the holiday treasures.
After we collected enough miniature ornaments to fill up our tree at home, as well as my tree at work, just to keep the tradition going, every year Mom bought me a collectible ornament to sit on a shelf or hang on a stand. I collected teddy bears for years, so some ornaments were bears, but I always loved Snoopy and the Peanuts gang, so one year Mom bought me the ornament called “Literary Ace” – the paper in Snoopy’s typewriter is devoid of words, except the year of the ornament’s debut: 2002.
Well I adored that little ornament and insisted on putting it front and center on the corner cabinet in the kitchen.
The years rolled by and Snoopy appeared in other collectible ornaments, but not as a writer … until 2009.
I stopped and picked up the “Dream Book” just like usual, but my mom was having a lot of issues with dizziness and very unsteady on her feet at that time, so she insisted I go to the Ornament Preview Party by myself, but, before I left, she pressed some money into my hand to buy the latest Snoopy “writer” ornament entitled “Once Upon a Holiday” and, as you see below, everyone’s favorite beagle is busy typing once again. So, is he typing a second draft of the Great American Novel?
The paper in the typewriter reads: “It was a bright and merry night.” Woodstock looks on, perhaps proofreading Snoopy’s work?
Did Mom have a premonition I’d be a blogger one day? Hmm – well, who knows about that musing, but it is the last ornament she ever bought for me, one decade ago, so it is a cherished possession.
The two Snoopy ornaments sit side by side on the bottom shelf of the corner cabinet every holiday season.
Always cherish the memories, objects and people that bring you joy – here’s hoping your holiday will be filled with much joy and love.