This is my favorite Christmas tree ornament. It’s not very fancy — just a ceramic Santa Claus — but it is very special to me.
It’s over 30 years old now and it hasn’t cracked or chipped, even though it is fragile. I guard it with an eagle-eye, making sure that it’s secure on the tree. When we store it away, it is wrapped in tissue paper and then placed in a sturdy box.
Why is this so special to me? Because I made it. I bought the plain, white ceramic piece, carefully painted it, varnished it and threaded a hook through it. It reminds me of what is pure and simple about the holiday; and it reminds me what I can do myself to make sure it stays that way.
The holiday does not come in a box. It does not come from a store or from a website. It come from the heart.
This simple ornament was made with love, and that is why it is my favorite. What’s yours?