Most of our Christmas decorations and ornaments on our tree have a special meaning to us - we can tell you where we got them, who gave them to us, etc. Since today is Three on Thursday, I have decided to share three things are are "especially special" to us.
This Rudolph and Santa:
(OK so this is two things, but they are ALWAYS together!) The little stuffed Rudolph was a promotion from Duracell back in 1984 or 1985 - you sent in proof of purchase, and they sent you this stuffed toy, and he had a Duracell battery in his nose - when you press his one ear, the nose lights up! I have to give them credit, it lit up until 2 years ago, so it did last a good long time. (You can't replace it without tearing him apart, so we are living with a non-glowing Rudolph now.)
The stuffed Santa is from a kit bought at JoAnn Fabrics the first year we lived in Philadelphia, which was 1991. I had gone to look for fabric to make stockings for the kitties and though I didn't find that, I did find this kit. It was simple to sew together, and like so many of our decorations, manages to look just as good from year to year. Our cat Hannah used to love the jingle bell on the end of Santa's cap, and would sleep next to these two on the couch for most of Christmastime.
This Yule Woodsman:
I knitted this tiny guy (well, actually I knit two - the one above was for a swap, and then I knitted one for us) from a kit probably at least 15 years ago. He hangs on our tree every year, and always seems just as happy to be there as we are to see him. I am always amazed that I was able to successfully make two of these that turned out to look like they were supposed to look, since I was a fairly new - and not overly confident - knitter at the time.
What about you - do you have any holiday items that are "especially special?" Or, alternatively - any that you keep, but you don't really know why??