Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Advent Calendar December 3 The Little Church on a String
Just a little cardboard church on a string, that's all it is. Is that really all it is? No, it is the oldest ornament on our tree. The wee church came to us on a package on our first Christmas as newlyweds, back in the olden days of 1953. We dinna have much money back then and our first tree was sparsely decorated, but the little church on a string took its place conspicuously on our first tree.
As the years passed and ornaments were fair game for cats, dogs and children, the little church on a string maintained it's place on our tree. It had no cracks, hadn't shattered, hadn't disintegrated, and every year it took its place front and center.
The children and grandchildren rarely paid attention when I would lovingly bring out the little church on a string. They weren't particularly interested when I would try to tell them the story of how the wee church came to us and why I treasure it so. If they said anything, it was something like, “That old thing is looks pretty worn out.”
“Well,” I would say to myself, “you'd be a little crumpled around the steeple too, if you had been used for umpteen Barbie weddings, as a prop for GI Joe war games, batted by kitten paws, and snatched by a dog's drooly mouth.”
This year, as for the last 55 years, I will unwrap the little church on a string, straightened the roof line, and carefully place the little church on the tree, front and center.