Over the years we added homemade ornaments, some from school projects and others from ideas out of Family Circle, Woman's Day, or Southern Living magazines. One year we cut two small squares of cardboard from cereal boxes, placed them together so there were eight points, and wrapped them with yarn or braid. We glued pictures from the magazines and I chose a particularly 'ugly' angel and we laughed and laughed. I still have that ornament and hang it every year on our tree. Mother was thrilled when plastics were made into everything, including ornaments. Her favorites were red, blue, or green stars. They came flat in a box and then you interlocked them and they became dimensional. Red and white pipe cleaners made cute candy canes. With lots of Florida pine trees in the yard we had a constant supply of pine cones that could be decorated with glued on glitter. Crocheted doily shapes were folded to make butterflies. We tried making stars using colored plastic beads but found it to be tedious. Using the metal ends of frozen orange juice cans, we hammered a nail through to make various designs like a wreath, a star, a bell, etc and then added touches of color with paint. Red and green paper chains were added and once or twice we made popcorn and cranberry chains. Felt was good for snowmen and gingerbread kids. It seems every year my mother and I would try out a new idea. The only problem was narrowing down the choice. It was a fun time to spend together, talking, laughing, drinking hot tea or chocolate, making a mess, and staying up late.
"But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart." Luke 2:19