The holiday season can be stressful. I worry about how to afford the gifts, how to make sure everyone gets along at family gatherings, how to keep the kitten from eating all the decorations and just how much chocolate I can eat before I need to borrow Santa’s pants.
But as readers began to send me their most treasured Christmas ornaments, their stories and photos warmed my Grinchy heart.
Here’s one from Jill McCauley Bone of Georgetown:
“Back in about 1947, when I was less than 1, one of my aunts sent me this Santa for Christmas. It has been in my Christmas tree every year since then. I see it is getting a little raggedy, but when you are kissing up to 70, raggedy happens. I love this old Santa and my whole family loves it. ‘Twoundn’t be Christmas without him in the tree.”
I’d love to see your favorite ornament, too. Please email a high-resolution photo and a brief description of what the ornament means to you to firstname.lastname@example.org by noon Dec. 12. We’ll run all the photos in an online gallery, and a selection of our favorites will publish in print on Christmas Day.