Welcome to Show and Tell Friday!
Disclaimer: I apologize in advance...this is a very wordy and sentimental post!
I hope all of you that celebrated Thanksgiving had a wonderful day! I did! I went up to visit my dad in the Gold Country in California. He lives in the area in California where gold was discovered in 1849!
I feel like I struck gold too! My dad told me to feel free to take anything that belonged to my dear mom. I asked if I could have her Christmas ornaments...ok, just typing that made me burst into tears! Hopefully I can get through this post...
He said yes and brought out boxes of ornaments! There are so many memories here! Memories of my childhood Christmases and also memories of buying some of these with my mom as an adult. My mom and I both love the same type of ornaments; the shaped-glass variety and she sure had a lot of them!
My mom had so many beautiful things and as much as I would have loved to take so much more I had to remind myself that I live in an apartment that is less than 1,000 square feet! I did ask if I could have this apothecary jar below. I filled it with some of her pastel-colored ornaments.
I remember this reindeer above from my childhood. I think I'm going to re-glitter him soon!
I didn't plan on unpacking these ornaments until I got my Christmas tree but I unwrapped a few and next thing I knew I had a pile of tissue paper on the floor and all the ornaments spread out on my dining room table!
I have them displayed in bowls and in my tiered dish (another beautiful piece passed down from my mom) for now but they will go on my tree as soon as I can get it up! My new floors go in next week and then I can finally decorate for Christmas! I see a lot of late nights in my future!
I want to thank my dad for passing these down to me. I know my mom would be so happy that I have them. Out of the three children she had, I'm the only one that shares her love of vintage things.
I will also be sharing some of these with my niece Erin in Arizona, who is such a sentimental sweet young woman! I hope to pass the remainder down to my kids some day and I think my mom would be very happy that these will become family heirlooms!
I also took a beautiful lace tablecloth that I hope to share with you soon! It needs a good soak in some OxiClean first though!
Thank you again Dad! I love you so much! No one in this world has taught me how to not just be a good person but how to have a positive attitude and be a happy person more than you have! I know I've told you that before but I just wanted everyone to know how special you are and how lucky I am to have you as my dad! Thank you again for the ornaments...you have no idea how special these are to me!
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