These letters will more than just profess love, they may also mention how grateful we are to have each other, and clues as to what stage of life we were in at the time we wrote them. Perhaps even mention of a holiday memory that we don’t want to lose.
These letters are put into a handmade ornament to wait out the year with the holiday decorations in storage; just to be found when it comes time to redecorate. (The picture was taken on the day the ornament was made. Not all of the final contents are shown.)
This year’s ornament was made from all recycled components except the label. We used:
- Mentos gum container (If you scrape the surface of the sticker with a blade, the painted surface comes off like a lotto ticket, leaving behind a glittery, holographic-looking background!)
- A ribbon scrap to hang by (saved from making bows for presents)
- Foam letter stickers left over from Halloween to make the snowman
- Gift tag label the March of Dimes sent me
This year’s favorite throw in is a little heard of organization called Christmas Commandos. We found out about it too late to participate this year, but we would like to see into it next year. Christmas Commandos are escorted by police at midnight, Christmas Eve, to the homes of children spending their first Christmas after the loss of a parent. While Santa is stuffing the stockings, the Christmas Commandos hang presents from a tree in their front yard (or in case of no trees, places them on the porch.) Isn’t that neat?
If you do this project, I would love to see it and hear about what you filled it with!