Memories Trim the Tree

A thick stand of trees needed thinning on our property. We used the top of one for our tree. I’m not the color coordinated/tinsel or bows kind of decorator. My tree brings fond memories of days gone by each time I pass it in our living room.

Blue Lady, circa the 1940’s came from an elderly friend. Silent Night belonged to my sweet Aunt Shirley, probably from the ’50’s. My Grandma Emma wore the two Jolly Elves as a corsage on her winter coat during the ’60’s. Santa with the rabbit fur beard is a family piece, having appeared on at least six decades of trees. A dear neighbor, who taught me to knit when I was eight, crocheted the ice skates.

I moved to Seattle in 1978 and lived on Puget Sound in a rental house. I collected clam shells the first year and made Dancing Diva’s. In the ’80’s I met Brian, the hubby, and we often made ornaments. His version of a Cork Horse had an urban twist. Lance came via a sweet friend, who knew my gelding needed representation on the tree. One of my son’s friends, whom I taught in Sunday school, gifted me with the Sapphire Star. And the Swedish Heart, from their tradition of sixteen hanging on the tree, was gifted to my Grandma from an exchange student named Annika. The book I’m writing features a heroine named Annika, and the title is The Sapphire Promise. Life’s treasures on a tree.

About Sally Brandle

Author, horse lover, gardener, pastry enabler, and thankful wife and mother. Very proud of both novels, The Hitman's Mistake and Torn by Vengeance, published by Soul Mate Publishing. The Targeted Pawn releases in March of 2020. Multi-award winning author Sally Brandle weaves slow-burning romance into edgy suspense, motivating readers to trust their instincts. Growing up as a tomboy alongside brothers prepared her to work in a male-centric industry, raise sons, and create action packed stories featuring strong women. She thrives on creating unintentional heroines who conquer their vulnerabilities and partner with heroes to outwit cunning villains.
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6 Responses to Memories Trim the Tree

  1. Beautiful decorations! 🙂

  2. sueberger3 says:

    My tree also is full of memories. There are felt ornaments that Barry and I made in 1974 when we were so broke that somebody Lent us a Christmas tree at the dinner theater where he was working. There are teddy bears I bought at Christmas in 1967 from FAO Schwartz. They cost $2.50. I don’t think I own an ornament that doesn’t have a memory attached. I loved hearing you ornament history.

  3. Sally Brandle says:

    Your ornaments sound wonderful. I’m thinking it’s a year to turn the pages back a few years and remember all the cherished moments with loved ones.

  4. I love the sentimentality and memories that hang upon your tree. Thank you!

  5. Sally Brandle says:

    I’d bet you have a beautiful display, judging by your plated and delicious looking dinners! Have a wonderful holiday, Belle.

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