Have Yourself a Merry . . .

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Little Christmas.

And yes, I'm keeping the "Christ" in Christmas.

I recognize and respect others' religious and / or cultural celebrations. But I can't tell you how tired I am of watching all (3) of my children go through the school system over the years, bringing home loads of information on Kwanza and Hanukkah and other religious and/or cultural celebrations of December, but nothing other than a ditto puzzle "Santa" sheet to represent Christmas.

I asked my eldest (who is now in her last year of middle school) what she was taught about Christmas in Elementary school. She said they didn't really talk about it other than it's when Santa comes and brings presents. When I expressed my disapproval in the school system's poor representation of the holiday we celebrate, she told me "But Mom, you can't have religion in school." Right, I know that. Yet the info from my youngest daughter's Hanukkah sheet brought home just yesterday discusses how the Maccabees fought for religious freedom and to recover their temple and the miracle of the oil lamp remaining lit for eight days when there had only been enough oil for one day.

And what of the miracle of Christmas? I don't feel a fat man with a sack full of toys is equal representation.

Well, anyway, moving on . .

This little angel ornament was on the first baby gift given to my mother upon my birth. It was my mom's best friend who gave it to her. As I grew into a toddler, she would give me "airplane" rides when she'd come visit and make me laugh.

Worn and tattered though she is, I've treasured this little angel all my life and bring her out each Christmas.

15 responses

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (21 Dec 2008):

    a very pretty and memorable ornament. Yes, I agree, keep Christ in Christmas

  • Yasmina Baggili

    Yasmina Baggili (Deleted) gave props (21 Dec 2008):

    Soooo cute and beautiful! Well done Natalie

  • Lynn H

    Lynn H (Deleted) gave props (23 Dec 2008):

    Very pretty, and I can see your point.

  • Giovan Battista D'Achille

    Giovan Battista D'Achille said (24 Dec 2008):

    really cute!!!! Merry Cristmas to you and family!

  • Gail Anderson

    Gail Anderson gave props (25 Dec 2008):

    Merry Christmas, Natalie! the photo is wonderful as is your writing.

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (25 Dec 2008):

    Come back to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas!

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda gave props (26 Dec 2008):

    All the best to you and yours,,cute pic, great write-up....

  • Farras Abdelnour

    Farras Abdelnour gave props (26 Dec 2008):

    very cute!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (28 Dec 2008):

    I hope you got what I got...several bags of Dark Chocolate M&Ms.

  • Vidyavati Chandan

    Vidyavati Chandan gave props (30 Dec 2008):

    wow!!!

  • Nelson Campbell

    Nelson Campbell (Deleted) gave props (31 Dec 2008):

    Well...Belated - As usual...lol...

  • Jose Rico

    Jose Rico (Deleted) gave props (8 Jan 2009):

    a cute and wonderful ornament. a beautiful story. thank you for sharing it, N!

  • Giovan Battista D'Achille

    Giovan Battista D'Achille said (14 Jan 2009):

    sweet!!!!!!

  • Farras Abdelnour

    Farras Abdelnour gave props (14 Feb 2009):

    such a lovely shot!

  • david ong

    david ong gave props (31 Jul 2009):

    lovely!!! : )

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