In our family, it is unusual to put up our (real) Christmas tree two weeks before the big day. We like having it up early, but never seem to get around to it. Well, this year we did it! The tree is up and decorated and, as usual, it is the best tree ever. While I was unwrapping tissue from around our many treasured ornaments, I took a trip down memory lane. I love seeing the funny little egg-carton bell, beaded candy canes and decorated baubles that our kids made when they were little; the hand-carved and painted Santas made by my father-in-law; and the many precious gift ornament from my sisters. I came across a small framed Teddy Bear that I cross-stitched for Carly for her first Christmas. As I read the loving message on the back, I realized it was high time I gave it to her so that she and Klaus could put it on their own tree. Jeff took a photo so I could post it here, then I wrapped it up and gave it to her.
I wish I could say that I stitched one for Denby and Emily too, and I'm sure I meant to, but just ran out of time in the busyness of raising three little kids. I'll have to figure out a way to make it up to them.