December 24, 2010

A Special Ornament

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***I'm re-posting (with edits) this family Christmas story. Merry Christmas everyone.***
 
My mother spent last December on her hands and knees in a basement crawl space. 
 
You see, she decided to "weed out her stash" of Christmas decorations. For years, she carefully balanced mountains of holiday CRAP items in the pine scented closet under her basement stairs.  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, evergreen swags a go-go, christmasy candles, 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 wind socks, and a multitude of heavenly hosts singing, "Glory to God on the highest! And peace to his people on earth!"
 
She 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 when I was a little girl. A very talkative little girl with dark brown hair and awkward little-girl glasses, who was crazy about Wonder Woman.


Someone took a clothes pin and made it into my hero.  For a little girl, it was right up there with turning water into wine. Holyoke Home wishes you and yours miracles big and small this holiday season.

9 comments:

  1. I love this ornament so much. I especially love the boobs, there so.. fancee!

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  2. Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman.
    All the world's waiting for you,
    and the power you possess.

    In your satin tights,
    Fighting for your rights
    And the old Red, White and Blue.

    Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman.
    Now the world is ready for you,
    and the wonders you can do.

    Make a hawk a dove,
    Stop a war with love,
    Make a liar tell the truth.

    Wonder Woman,
    Get us out from under, Wonder Woman.
    All our hopes are pinned on you.
    And the magic that you do.

    Stop a bullet cold,
    Make the Axis fall,
    Change their minds, and change the world.

    Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman.
    You're a wonder, Wonder Woman.

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  3. I'm sure the invisible jet is hovering right behind her! Happy Holidays!!

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  4. One day my kiddos will be doing the same thing...looking at all my stash (ie..crap) of Christmas and probably will pull the same stunt! She's adorable in a "crafty" sort of way..have a Merry Christmas!

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  5. Hola,

    I just wanted to wish you a safe and peaceful Christmas...^^

    Feliz Navidad!!! Dios nos bendiga a todos!!!^^

    ~Kelvin

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  6. Great story. Merry Christmas!

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  7. Thanks so much for stopping by our blog. I just love the Wonder Women ornament :) We are now following you on Google Reader and would love if you would follow us too!

    Kari
    http://dogisgodinreverse.com/

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  8. Her golden "breastplate" cracks me up! I hope you Christmas was wonderful ;).

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