Ragamuffin Gal

".. from my ragged heart to yours"

December 14, 2010

*NuMber 3 ~ I left my heart here ...*

Each year I love to decorate
my tree in old 
vintage ornaments.

While purchasing some
new (old) ornaments at a local
flea market this year, 
a sweet little old gentleman
was helping me carry my
handfuls to the counter.

He asked "are you going to put 
all of these on your tree?

"Yes," I told him,
 "I love to 
decorate my tree with ornaments
like the ones
 I remember from my childhood."

Elf tree huggers, fleeced Santas,
red and silver bells,
Sweet ceramic angels
with chiffon skirts,
and shiny real bulb ornaments.

Relyn asked us
on her blog,
which place(s) would we
most like to visit again.

I read her's and other's 
lists of all the
foreign and exotic destinations
And I thought of a few..

and then I remembered
one of the places I
left my heart..

A silver tinsel Christmas tree
that changed color as the
colorized revolving disk turned.
Shiny ornaments,
the glow on love one's faces,
the never empty candy dish,
and the merriment
to rival 
any Hallmark Christmas movie.

And my grandmother 
who could fix anything,
who smelled of Emeraude cologne,
who had the softest skin 
and warmest hugs,
and the best presents.
Like the Winnie Pooh suitcase
(for me to come and stay the night with)

It was 
A place where you knew,
just knew that you were

Each year as I put the little angel
on top of my favorite little
vintage tree,
I think of her and spending
Christmas in her living room
and I remember...

My hope is that you will be
surrounded with those you love 
during this Season.
And that 

will really ~

really know
that you 
do love them.

~ me

In five days I will post my 4th Story of Christmas.


summersundays-jw said...

Oh, I hope my g'kids have those memories of being with me at my house. How lucky you were to have had those times with yours. Love all your decorations.

~*~Patty S said...

such precious memories...thank you for sharing dear Katie...Love everything about this post

fa la la

Crafty Gal Linda said...

What a beautiful post! I remember Christmas's at my Grandparents. They also had the aluminum tree with the color wheel behind it. All of her pretty glass ornaments hanging all over it. My Italian grandmother would have the Feast of the Seven Fishes for Christmas Eve dinner. Such wonderful memories!

dulcy said...

I'm getting really excited for Christmas (what's the deal?)! Love your vintage ornaments, and looking forward to some "coffee time" soon...

Martina2801 said...

A magical Christmas decoration, dear Katie! I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Greetings

Patti said...

I love all of your stories! (I referenced your first (anonymous of course)in a blog post that our senior pastor read during his sermon... you reach farther than you know!
Merry Christmas and looking forward to the new year!

Margaret said...

Beautiful post Katie! you brought back some memories for me too! All the best for a positive start to 2011! Mx

Patti said...

what beautiful- memories, ornaments, blessings, stories...YOU! Thanks for sharing!

Relyn said...

I love the story of your grandmother. I love your sweet, tender heart. I love this kooky, fun picture of you. I love you.