"Roots. That's a good word for it. Everybody's got a family tree and just to know how the roots grew, well that gives you a sense of who you are." spoken by Martha Corinne Walton, The Waltons, Episode 10, 1976
David's Reformed Church Congregation
Congregation of David's Reformed Church, Montgomery Co, Ohio, Circa, 1900
Friday, December 3, 2010
Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories - December 3 - Christmas Tree Ornaments
One of my earliest memories surrounding Christmas involves a delicate glass ornament, similar to the green one pictured here. I don't remember exactly how old I was, but I must have been 3 or 4. Interestingly enough, I can remember what I was thinking at the time, but just WHY I was thinking this is anybody's guess. I was standing in front of the tree, admiring the twinkling lights and the shiny tinsel. One particularly pretty ornament caught my eye and I remember sticking my finger into the silver indentation on the side of the pink ball. Then, for reasons which I don't understand, I thought to myself "I think I will eat this" and with that I grabbed the ornament off the tree, put it into my mouth like an apple and took a big bite. In that same instant, the fragile glass shattered, my mother screamed, scraped me up and ran the 15 feet or so from where I stood in the living room to the kitchen sink. She hung me upside down, head first over it and started to frantically pull bits and pieces of broken glass out of my mouth while she and my brothers proceeded to ask why in the world I would have done something like that. Once my mother was satisfied that I had not ripped my mouth into shreds or damaged any internal organs, she put me back down and gave me a lesson about not eating the Christmas decorations. To this day, when I see this type of ornament I am instantly taken back to one of my first "What was she thinking?" moments!