I just finished reading a beautiful endearing short story called “A Christmas Memory” by Truman Capote. It tells of a sweet relationship between cousins who have quite an age gap, yet their hearts don’t seem to notice. The story caused me to reflect on my own relationships. I thought about my grandmothers and what they each taught me and the love I felt around them. I thought about my relationships with my children. There is so much I want for them–so many things I want them to experience, to have, and to understand. I can relate to the line in story that says, “It’s bad enough in life to do without something YOU want; but confound it, what gets my goat is not being able to give somebody something you want THEM to have.”
I want my children to know that what they struggle with now and in the future will eventually work out. God sees and knows all. He has a perfect plan for each of us. As a mother I know that what they really need will come from God at just the right time and through many different people throughout their lives. I will trust in that knowledge.
With each child who comes into our family, time seems to slip away more quickly. The story “Christmas Memories” reminded me of how important it is to make memories. Capturing and preserving these moments is also very important. Christmas has been a time when I have taken many pictures– at family parties, of the kids sitting on Santa’s lap, making snowmen, of manger scene moments etc. Hidden away in my computer are many pictures of past Christmases filled with love and deep meaning. Although I certainly cannot give my children everything I wish for them, I have discovered an idea to help me give them something very important–Christmas Memories!
This year I am going to encourage sweet memories of past Christmases by adding something different to our tree and I want to share this idea with you. I have been thinking about it for a while, and came across the idea to make ornaments that frame Christmas memories.
Framing Christmas Memories
These are the steps I took:
- I began by searching my December picture files and found my favorite memories.
- I sent the pictures to costco.com and had them developed in wallet sizes.
- I found some perfect wallet size picture frames at the Dollar Store!
- I already had ornament ribbons (I think I found them at Lowes) years ago. They would be very easy to make from the fifty cent ribbon at Michaels.
- I also had some napkin rings that I turned into wreath ornaments.
I loved how the picture frames turned out. The best part of all was watching my children’s faces light up when they saw them. They were excited to show each other the cute pictures of themselves and sweet pictures of us all together. It was a bonding time. I look forward to creating more Christmas memories
What Christmas memories do you have and how do you preserve them?
If you would like to enjoy a wonderful short Christmas story read “A Christmas Memory” by Truman Capote.