Christmas Nostalgia

Hello everyone, Winnie Griggs here.  I always get nostalgic when I take the Christmas decorations out. So many memories attached to various pieces.  And while they all evoke fond thoughts of Christmas past, there are a few that are extra special to me.

The first is the little bubble light tree I’ve pictured below. I believe I’ve posted about this before, but one of my earliest Christmas memories is of raptly watching the dancing movement of these lights as this tree sat on the console table of my grandparents’ home.

The second one is our tree topper. This ornament that is a combination of angel, nativity and star has topped our tree for over 30 years.  I can still hear my children vying for the chance to be the one to set it in its place of honor and the lively debates over who did it ‘last year’.

And the last ones I want to share with you are these. They are two of the few surviving ornaments from the very first set hubby and I bought our first Christmas after we got married. Our tree was rather bare that year, and several of the decorations were handmade, but I was so very proud of how it looked.

There are many more memories that the decorations bring to mind, but I’ll leave it there.

I want to wish each of you a very joyous and blessed Christmas – here is my Christmas card to you.

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Winnie Griggs is the author of Historical (and occasionally Contemporary) romances that focus on Small Towns, Big Hearts, Amazing Grace. She is also a list maker, a lover of dragonflies and holds an advanced degree in the art of procrastination.
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25 thoughts on “Christmas Nostalgia”

  1. Oh, what a lovely post and Christmas greeting. Thank you, Winnie. I hope you and yours have a very merry and blessed Christmas, too.

  2. A beautiful post. I also remember the bubble lights on my grandparents tree and our own tree in the 50’s. Your tree topper is beautiful. Wishing you and your family Happy Holidays.
    Carol Luciano

  3. Hi Winnie! Those last two ornaments are particularly wonderful — although I have a special love of the bubblers. I’ve noticed a few on the market lately as night lights that plug into an outlet. I’ll take this opportunity to tell you how much I am enjoying “Once Upon a Texas Christmas.” I’m dreading finishing it — the characters are wonderful. Thanks for sharing your writing talent!

    Merry Christmas!
    Nancy C

    • Oh NC, you made my day! I’m so happy that you’re enjoying OUATC, it was bittersweet finishing up the series and I wanted to do it justice. Wishing yo a very Merry Christmas

  4. Winnie, I loved your trip down “Memory Lane” with your ornaments. I always wished for bubble lights but my mom would say, “Oh, those cost too much!” (Secretly I believe she was worried about the safety of them.) LOL When my oldest sister got married that was what she and her hubby bought to put on their tree. LOL (Seems all three of us sisters wished for those bubble lights!) LOL Hope you have a wonderful Christmas, Winnie!

  5. Winnie, I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas and a prosperous 2018. Thank you for sharing your memories. I have never seen a tree topper like yours. It is lovely and reminds me of a victorian decoration.

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