December 8, 2009

The True Meaning of the Holidays

My mother spent last December on her hands and knees in a crawl space.

Year after year, she carefully balanced mountains of holiday CRAP in the pine scented closet under her basement stairs.  You want to see what forty years of Christmas YA-HA looks like?  Okay.  All we ask is that you open the door CAREFULLY: A collection of green Santas, (Seriously.  If it was Santa? And he was green as opposed to red? He's probably in there),  innumerable ornaments, swags a go-go, christmasy candles, giant shiny balls, at least two creches, advent calendars, wreaths,  all sizes of plastic trees carefully packed up with lights and ornaments intact, holiday themed welcome mats, and a multitude of heavenly hosts singing, "Glory to God on the Highest! And Peace to his people on Earth!"

She decided to "weed out her stash" and asked what my sister and I wanted.  I could have had it all:  A smorgasbord of green Santas.  A ton of tinsel.  A plenitude of painted pine cones.

But the only thing I wanted? The one treasure? A Christmas ornament my mother bought for me years ago, when I was a little girl with dark brown hair and awkward little-girl glasses, who was crazy about Wonder Woman.

Someone took a clothes pin and dressed it up to look like my hero.  Right up there with turning water into wine if you ask me.

53 comments:

  1. I love it--and I loved clothespin ornaments! Merry SITSmas!

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  2. Merry SITSmas! Wow, green Santas. Wild.

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  3. That is AWESOME!!!! Merry SITSmas!!

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  4. Does she have earrings for b**bs? I like those earrings! That is fantastic though..how creative!
    Merry SITSmas!

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  5. What a great ornament! Merry SITSmas! ~Lanie

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  6. That ornament is adorable, Merry SITSmas!

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  7. Merry SITSmas to you as well!

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  8. Merry SITSmas & happy holidays!

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  9. Nothing says Christmas like a Wonder Woman Nutcracker :) Cute post!

    Merry SITSmas!

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  10. pretty cool!!!

    Merry SITSmas!

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  11. Wishing you a great day and a Merry SITSmas!!

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  12. OHMYGOSH!!! I love it! I was a huge fan, once upon a time...

    Merry SITSmas!!!

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  13. Waaaay awesome!

    Wishing you a very merry SITSmas!

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  14. Have a very Merry SITSmas!

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  15. LMAO! That Wonder Woman is tooooo funny! In fact, I think my grandmother had something like that for us grandkids on her tree when I was little. Ahh...memories!

    Merry SITSmas!

    Sassily Yours...
    http://thecrazysideofsane.blogspot.com/

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  16. Hysterical. I want one.

    Merry SITSmas.

    Tiffany

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  17. That's a great story! Your ornament choice is wonderful. Merry SITSmas!

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  18. Merry SITS-mas! I love those childhood ornaments!

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  19. That is seriously cool and should be on display ALL year lol

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  20. Merry SITSmas!! Lovely blog.

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  21. I absolutely LOVE that ornament. GenXer all the way! Sorry I am late, but I am making my way through the entire SITSmas list, I want to visit everyone to wish everyone happy holidays! So Merry SITSmas!

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  22. How cute! I bet it holds so many memories. I, too, have an ornament that means the world to me, and my mom gave it to me this Christmas. :)

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  23. Holy Crap, Batman! Wonder Woman is Wonderful!! Do you mind if I steal her for a holiday blog post? I would give you full credit, natch...Listen, I also wanted to thank you soooooooo much for stop­ping by on my Spe­cial SITS Day. It’s taken me a while to get back, but I hope to see you around the blo­gos­phere again soon!

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  24. That is an AWESOME ornament. I can see why you had to have it, Again.

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  25. I sooo love it and feel the urge to replicate it here!

    Thank you for stopping by my blog - come back anytime!

    Merry SITSmas!

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  26. That is neat!
    Happy SITSmas from Cairo!

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  27. Perfect holiday ornament! Merry SITSmas!

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  28. Love it! I'm the same way you are...very sentimental! :)

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  29. That is the best ornament ever!

    My mom's like yours, only with Disney stuff instead of green Santas.

    I hope you had a lovely Christmas! Visiting you from SITS.

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  30. Visiting you from SITS. Love the ornament.

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  31. Ah! I love it! I seriously want one of those! Hmmmm. I wonder if I could make one. :)

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  32. Awww.... I totally get it.

    Visiting from SITS! Happy Feature Day.

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  33. I'm wondering if your mother was related to my grandmother. That is some gawd-awful clothespin ornament. And I love it to pieces.

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  34. Shows you that sentimental value outweighs everything! The ornaments my mom made are the most precious ones to me--along with the paper butterfly I made in Kindergarten!

    Congrats on your SITS day!

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  35. That's pretty fantastic. I love the bra.

    Happy SITS day.

    LisaDay

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  36. Oh my goodness that is too fantastic. Love it!! Happy SITS day!!

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  37. That is a COOL ornament! I always loved Wonder Woman, too! :)

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  38. I didn't actually cry (sniff) but what a wonderful gift from your mother. (It did make me go AAWWWWW really loudly).

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  39. Oh my gosh. That's one of the most amazing things I've ever seen. Her gold cups! her hair! It's perfect

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  40. Awww that is so cute! She was one of my favorites growing up too :)

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  41. I LOVE that! I kind of sort of think we need that. LOL Awesome!

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  42. *ROFL* I LOVE IT. Boy that brings back memories.

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  43. That's awesome! I remember also being an awkward young girl, but when I put on my Wonder Woman UnderRoos, watch out! Awkwardness fell away and confidence replaced my natural shyness. Amazing what a good pair of undies and a super hero persona can do for one's self esteem!

    Love the ornament and the blog! Happy SITS day!

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  44. I am going to have to make one now! Watch out for it on DIY Monday...you'll get credit of course!

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  45. Great story. :-) Happy SITS Day! :-)

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  46. Stoppy by from SITS. I love Wonder Woman

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  47. OMG, how did you know? When I was in first grade, recess was always about playing Superman and Wonder Woman.

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  48. LOL, We haven't had a Christmas tree since I've been down here, just a little table top one.

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