David's Reformed Church Congregation

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!

4 comments:

  1. Lori, I am glad the story had a happy ending. Your Mom must have had a heart attach over that moment.

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  2. Oh my goodness - how scary for your Mom. Of course now that you mention it, that ornament you have pictured does look sort of yummy ;-)

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  3. What a great story! How fortunate you weren't injured but it must have added some gray to your mother's head.
    It just goes to show you always have to wonder what the little ones will do next!!

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  4. An incident like that would definitely have been "heart attack material" for me. But - I can remember some of those "What was she thinking?" moments that I had myself (scratching a tic-tac-toe game on the inside of my parents' new Edsel was one of them).

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