Saturday, December 3, 2011

A homemade Christmas

My senior year of high school (Christmas 1989) was a year that I decided to not buy a single gift, but rather to either make or regift everything.  It was a lot of fun and a great little experiment!  I made cloth covered picture frames with lots of lace (yes, it was the end of the 80's after all) and a cloth covered photo album!  I don't remember every gift I made and gave away, but a very distinct memory was the gifting of my childhood teddy bear.  I had had that thing for many years and loved it!  But I figured that at almost 18, it was time to pass him on.  My youngest brother was only 4 years old and the sweetest little boy.  I still remember sitting on the stairs with him, the only light came from the Christmas tree in the other room and I told him  how much I loved him. I also told him how much I loved my teddy bear and that I wanted to give him to him.  It's crazy how emotional I was.  I'm sure it was more about that passage from childhood to adulthood that that moment represented than an actual emotional tie to a bear.  But I will never forget that moment.

And all these years later, I have no idea whatever happened to that bear, but I still love that little brother!  He is engaged and getting married this spring and although I don't get to see him often, I hope he knows how much I love him!

Here is the freebie for today:

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CBH said...

Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies, under the Page 5 post on Dec. 03, 2011. Thanks again.

Psychozoe Designs (Susie) said...

Ramona, Your posts have been awesome to read, and I thank you for all the wonderful templates! You and I are similar ages and have little brothers around the same ages, and I identify with you in your blog posts. Thank you for your blog
Susie Lopez

Lindsey said...

What a sweet memory! My family did the same thing the first year that I was married. We drew names and you had to make the gift for the person that you drew. It was a very cool christmas!

Vanessa R said...

Thanks for sharing your special memory!

libbywilko said...

Thank you , this is lovely.