For my husband, Hunter, and I, this ornament represents our firstborn son, who passed away as an infant in July 2008. Even though we only spent a few days with him, he was an angel and one of the best blessings I could ever ask for. Every year, we place this ornament and others in remembrance of him on our tree. Just because he’s not physically here with us, I know his presence is with us everyday.
— Audrey CoulonTravel mementos
Most of my Christmas ornaments are special to me because they were handmade or collected as remembrances of my travels. The train car was purchased in 1987, when my son and I went to New Orleans following his junior year in high school. We traveled by Amtrak and found crossing Lake Pontchartrain to be quite an adventure.
The “snowcouple” was crocheted by my dear friend and neighbor, Barbara Goodman of Heflin, in the early 1980s.
The set of six ornaments combines two of my favorite crafts — cross-stitch and quilt designs. After making a set for myself many years ago, I have crafted many sets as gifts for friends and family. Mine are in traditional red and green, but these are beautiful in many color combinations.
Decorating my tree each Christmas season is a heartwarming experience for me as I recall the people and travels represented by the ornaments.
— Patsy Body, OxfordA Girl Scout memory
This is a handkerchief angel made by my wife, Tessa, when she was in Girl Scouts in 1994. When she brought it home, it was placed at the top and front of the tree. Since then, it has maintained residence on the family tree.
— Brandon MaddoxA father’s handkerchief
This angel ornament is my favorite because it has such a special story behind it. When my daddy passed away 13 years ago, my mother took his old handkerchiefs and made each of her children and grandchildren an angel. She wrote us a little note telling us how he always carried a handkerchief to wipe away sweat from his face as he worked outside in the heat. Or, maybe he would use it to wipe away a tear when he was happy or sad. My daddy loved his family very much so I’m sure there were many tears shed throughout his life.
Each year I place this angel ornament in the center of our Christmas tree and it makes me feel so warm inside. My daddy’s memory is alive in my heart every day, especially at Christmas when I look at the angel. Our tree wouldn’t be complete without it.
The love that my mother put into making these special angels will always be a blessing to me. We’re very fortunate to have her because she is definitely the heart of our family. Thank you, Mama, for my “Angel of Love.”
— Judy Cater HaydenWith love from a friend
Rita Bennett is not sure how long she’s had this angel ornament. It was handmade by her friend, Lanell Phillips, many years ago. The face, wings and hands are all embroidered. It has been hanging it on her tree for many years.