Today my family is hanging out at home and decorating for Christmas: two of my favorite things.
Early this morning (right after I finished my annual online Black Friday shopping) we pulled out our tree and our boxes (and boxes and boxes) of decor and started hanging stuff up.
And then I opened the box with our stockings, and I was suddenly flooded with happy memories of our wedding day–even though I was a June bride!
An old family friend gave us two handmade Christmas stockings as a wedding gift, 11 years ago last June. (I remember her dropping the stockings off at our new home that month, saying that handmade Christmas stockings made the best wedding gifts–the couple never has their own, and no one else thinks to give them as wedding gifts–especially not for summer brides!)
I love how our Christmas decorations remind me each year of that summer we were married, and how we tell our kids again about our wedding and that special gift. And how with the arrival of each new child, we commission a new stocking to add to our mantle.
Have you received a gift that triggers memories every time you see it? Tell us about it in comments!