Thursday, December 2, 2010

Nostalgic Time of Year

Every year as we go into the holiday season, I think of the To Do lists.  There is so much to be done.  Decorating the house is just one of the things on that list.  What surprises me every year is that I get caught up in the emotions of unwrapping all the treasures in tissue paper from well worn boxes.  Ghosts from Christmases Past.  Like the sleeping angel along with all the other angels in my collection.  So people know how much I love angels so I'm always receiving them as gifts.  I think of every person who picked one out for me and how much it meant.

My daughter Jessica made this ornament in first grade.  I can just picture her tiny hands gluing the macaroni on this one.
Mr. Goober - I named him that when I was four years old.

Eric made this ornament in first grade.  I love his sweet smile.  

My Dad decided to make paper ornaments one year.  I can remember him practicing on magazine paper to get the folds just right before moving on to construction paper.

This is truly a time when we're all drawn into a conspiracy of love.


Betsy said...

It is fun, isn't? ...opening all the decorations that you haven't seen in a year? I'm doing that this weekend...probably the boys have all outgrown that desire to help. I try to take my time and enjoy the process. Takes all day, doesn't it?

Your tree is just lovely!

Karen said...

It's beautiful Janelle! And I'm sure the feelings you describe will spill over into your studio work also.

Marion said...

What amazing photos and warm memories, Janelle. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Love & Blessings,


this December,
that love weighs more than gold!"

~Josephine Dodge Daskam Bacon

rahina q.h. said...

beautiful post Janelle, made me smile:)

loriann said...

You make me feel all warm and squishy with nostalgia just reading your post! Makes me feel like I need to show down. Thanks for sharing!

neetzy said...

Lovely post Janelle! I don't like decorating much, but I do love unwrapping all the old ornaments. In particular the ones made by the kids! I knew an artist who collected ornaments and then painted still lives of them. They were beautiful.

Linda Popple said...

My husband and I just finished decorating our tree and like you .......... soooo many good memories. Thanks for sharing yours!

Celeste Bergin said...

fun post! I too love the Christmas treasures! Some of them are so the angel I have that has no hair! She is bald because her raffia disappeared. haha. Still, I love her. It was fun seeing your ornaments..thanks for sharing them!

Diane Hoeptner (hep-ner) said...

Lovely post.

Silver said...

The ornaments made by Jessica and Eric is special because they have made it. Every mom will treasure every bit of it and we preserve and freeze time that way, i suppose. I like what you named Jessica's ornament. Mr Goober?

Thanks for sending me your warm thoughts, Jannelle. Wishing you a most blessed and joyous season surrounded with love!


neetzy said...

I just finished decorating the tree with my daughters. I too, love angels. I used to keep my standing angel collection on the TV armoire but it has been replaced by a large flat screen TV. (Husband's early present). I love finding all the little treasures from Christmases past!

Fábio Cembranelli said...

Beautiful and touching memories! Dear Janelle, I wish you a happy Christmas, an enjoyable 2011 and many many thanks for sharing with us all your beautiful paintings and thoughts !

Betsy said...

I hope you have the most wonderful Christmas! I'm so glad you are my bloggy friend!


susan hong-sammons said...

Merry Christmas Janelle!
What a wonderful post. Thanks for sharing.

Janelle Goodwin said...

I want to thank all of my dear friends for the Christmas wishes. You mean so much to me! Thank you Betsy, Karen, Marion, Rahina, Loriann, Neetzy, Linda, Celeste, Diane, Silver, Fabio, and Susan. And a very Happy New Year to You!