Happy December! Today would be my mother's 101st birthday, and though I wish she could be here to celebrate, I also cannot imagine her being that old! I do miss her every day, but have so many good memories that I feel her with me.
Because her birthday was December 2, we never ever did any major decorating for Christmas until afterwards - though there were always some things that came out on December 1, because to quote my mother, "It's the first day of Christmastime, we're not going to ignore it altogether!" Actually, I always liked doing it this way - you had the fun of getting started, but didn't have to have everything done right away.
The Tim and I still do that - well, I do it, I'm 99% sure he doesn't necessarily pay strict attention. Though when he sees it, he always smiles and says, "Well, here we go!" ;-)
Anyway, I have usually put away the fall and Thanksgiving decorations by the end of November. And then, every single year like clockwork, December 1 means the displaying of the cardboard Christmas wreath on the inside of the front door:
(That's the peephole on the door in the middle there, in case you were wondering ...)
This wreath is probably one of the first, if not the very first, Christmas decorations we bought when we first got married. Until last year, you could see the sticker on the back that said, "15 cents," which is a pretty good deal - then and now! We put it on our *outside* door then, as we lived in a small apartment building where you came in through a main entrance and then walked up to each door. It was our first apartment, in married student housing at the University of Notre Dame, where The Tim was in graduate school and I worked in the main library. We had a really nice one-bedroom apartment with a little patio, and we were determined to decorate for Christmas, in spite of not having much money or much room!
And every year since then, this cardboard wreath is pulled out and put onto the front door on the first day of December - now on the inside, so the weather doesn't destroy it. As you can see if you look closely, there are some spots where the cardboard has gotten a small fold, or started to separate from the color image a bit. But that only makes it more valuable. It's a reminder of our first Christmas together, our first apartment, and that you can have a very festive space for just a little bit of money. Yes, we have quite a few more elegant or nicer things as part of our Christmas decor, but this is the one that started it all, and still does. :-)
I think remembering your beginnings is important, not just in life, but whenever you are able to find something that still makes you smile after 40+ years.
This post is also part of sprite's Virtual Advent Tour for 2019 - check it out, and join us if you like - it's really lovely and a nice way to enjoy the season.
Have a good week, everyone!