Nadalene and I went through my Christmas decorations one year when we had Travis clean out the crawlspace. We got rid of many decorations that just didn’t mean anything or I hadn’t used in years. They had been forgotten while new ones took their place and instead of giving them away or throwing them out, they were kept in Christmas boxes only to see the light when the box was opened to reach for a newer shinier ornament. How I must have hurt these poor old decorations of the past that had served my family so well.
The first Christmas after I was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer I wanted Angelique and Nadalene to take most of my Christmas decorations. I can still see the hurt in Angelique’s eyes when I would try to pass off an ornament to her. ‘No Mom, you will still use these.’
Nathan and Wahid will be pulling them out of the crawlspace in a week or so, and I think as I go through each box that hopefully if they want any of them they will take them, and this time it is not because I don’t think I will ever need them again, but because I want to see them use them in their homes.
Different Christmas decorations used around the world today:
Angels: As early as the mid-1880s, using angels as Christmas decorations became widespread. Angels are associated with the Christian culture, but are also known in Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, and Judaism, where angels or beings similar to angels are used as messengers.
Christmas balls: As far back as 300 years ago, glass balls were already used as Christmas decorations. Christmas balls were originally invented in Germany.
Christmas candles: To decorate the Christmas tree with Christmas candles is a tradition that dates back to the 16th century, the time when the Christmas tree was first brought into a living room. The candle symbolizes life and joy in a dark time, and so it is perfect for Christmas.
Tinsel: In 1610, tinsel was invented in Germany and was made from genuine silver. Machines that shredded silver into thin tinsel-sized strips were invented. However, since silver tinsel tarnishes and loses its shine over time, people eventually created artificial replacements. The original inventor of tinsel remains unknown.