During the month of December, the first rule of BCC is: Advent is not Christmas.
So I’ll be going out on thin ice by jumping the gun and writing about Christmas decorations with the third Sunday of Advent still looming. But you see, I have made a remarkable discovery; rather, my sister has, and I would like to share it.
First, some background. I am old enough to remember watching The Empire Strikes Back in a drive-in theater. I can still vividly recall the Christmas when I realized that Mom and Dad were Santa after stumbling across the box to the Millennium Falcon in the utility room. In addition to the aforementioned Millennium Falcon, my brother and I had more Star Wars merchandise than you could shake a stick at: tauntauns, the Hoth ice fort, the spaceship used to carry the carbonized Han Solo to Jabba the Hutt, an Ewok village, etc. We were fully invested.
But as Cinderella wisely observed, you don’t know what you got (til it’s gone), and all of those pretty sweet toys have been scattered to the winds like the outcasts of Elam. Now that I’m old enough for the passage of time to have burnished my youth with a nostalgic patina, I sometimes shed a silent tear at the loss. But for the most part I have become resigned to the fate of these childhood artifacts. Life must go on, after all.
And then last week my sister emailed me a couple of pictures of a Christmas ornament I had made many years ago with the modest skill of a child’s hand–a foil bell. She had been out to help my father decorate the tree and had come across it in one of several boxes of decorations that haven’t seen much use as the nest has emptied and the Christmas trees have shrunk.
That’s pretty cool, I thought, though not much to look at to be honest. But as I scrolled further I realized the true significance of the foil bell–it was crafted using a Jawa paper cup that must date to the late 1970s or early 1980s! So a trace of my Star Wars-infused youth remains for posterity after all.
What Christmas treasures or traditions do you have that you find worth passing down?