Monday, December 14, 2009

Of Friends and Tokens

So, I thought I would try out my new camera (a Canon Rebel T1i) on some loverly, perfection-in-a-box Christmas gifts I have received from two dear friends. I know this season is not about presents, but the thoughtfulness and beauty behind these gifts just make me smile from ear to ear.

Pool balls from Mary Beth. Little did she know I had them in my cart TWICE at Marshalls and put them back!

Paper Whites nestled in river pebbles nestled in distressed bird vase.

Be still my beating heart. As my new friendship with Julie blossoms and blooms this Christmas, so will the Paper Whites!


Mary Beth was thinking of me months ago when she picked up this 1934 copy of Sister Sally at a tag sale.

Speechless. Stunned. Blessed!

Whhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaaat? An Anthro dish towel from Julie. I want to WEAR it!

Angel ornament given to me by my very first & bestest friend, my Mom.

"Blessed are they who have the gift of making friends, for it is one of God's best gifts. It involves many things, but above all, the power of going out of one's self, and appreciating whatever is noble and loving in another.” -Thomas Huges

*The angel ornament was a gift from my parents' landlord the first year they were married. Too poor to afford a tree or ornaments, their landlady snuck into their apartment while they were at work and placed a tiny tree on their kitchen table. She proceeded to decorate the piney gift with beautiful ornaments. You can imagine their surprise and delight when they returned home from a long day at work to find...Christmas!


Mrs. Dunbar said...

What a beautiful story about that ornament. A legacy of sorts.

Okay girl, email me your address... I'm on the hunt for something to mail you!!!

Paul said...

'Orchard House'(main title) has to be one of the most beautiful melodies ever written.
I read your text and look at the photos - and even so - the melody takes me far away.
Thanks even for the melody, not to mention the text and photos.

Paul said...

We were camping in Copper Harbor Harbor years and years ago, a lifetime ago - in a campground in northern woods - bear and wolves and coyotes - and had spent the day on the go - we were young then - and when we returned to camp, the owner of the camp preserve had set upon a tree stump not a decorated tree (it was not Christmas)but instead two champagne flutes with a small bottle of champagne in honor of our anniversary...
I can imagine how your parents must have felt when they saw the tree -
What a superb story!

Claudia said...

Such wonderful gifts! And the story about your parents' ornament is wonderful - and captures the true spirit of Christmas.


patty said...

love the angel ornament. {who am i kidding-i love all ornaments!!} but it is a wonderful story, and a wonderful memory to bring back each time you unpack it. love the images... especially the pool balls and the towel. are you enjoying the rebel?? :)

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