Thursday, December 13, 2012

My Favorite Christmas Ornaments

My favorite ornaments don't come from a store. They are inspired by books and music from the library, and then rolled out and cut with gingerbread cookie cutters by the smoochiest sixth grader I know.

Creating magical memories in the kitchen with my children (and many precious children I claim as mine) is a priceless gift.

Want to know my secret weapon? 

Elvis: Christmas (mooches smooches is the king)
Mario Lanza (super swoony)
Sting: If On A Winter's Night (dreamy times infinity)
Christmas With The Stars (run to your library now and pick this up)

A collection of Christmas CD's from the library. And a ginormous boombox I'm too embarrassed to show you. It's hiding in an armoire (that also houses our microwave). We love to play it loud and sing along. Or hush the volume to a whisper so we can share our day. Either way, the captivating crooners provide the soundtrack for melodious memories. 

Spending less and sharing more, the tangible sense of community and companionship - knowing we are borrowing beauty that was in the home of a dear friend down the block or a retired veteran at The Pines - this is where I find both joy and gratitude.

My favorite ornaments are the harvest of sharing. The creation of companionship. A library's legacy is love.

xoxo Michele

Why buy happiness when your library shares it. Free music downloads through Freegal E-books, audio-books, and digital downloads are at your local library, just visit here or your local library website for complete information.


Sheila said...

I love that you call your 6th grader smoochiest. Ah the smoochy days are fleeting....hang on to them my friend. Love all your music choices too! I have Elvis's blue christmas albun and it's blue! I should haul that baby out now that I think of it, I'm not sure where it is.
Have a great Christmas!

Carin said...

For the past few years, since having kids really, I've let go of the stylish Christmas trees of yesteryear and embraced wholeheartedly handmade ornaments. I add one or two types of ornament each year, usually felt. You may remember seeing this year's on instagram. And add the kiddie made ones in too. It's wonderful. A real treasure. And stops you from getting too precious about the tree too.

Love the music selection.