Sorting through my box of Christmas decorations the other day I lingered over the handmade Christmas angels and dolls made by my sister, Celia. Smoothing their skirts and straitening their hair I tidied them up for use once more. Over the last years of her life she made a number of these decorations, dating and gifting them to family and friends. Sometimes traditional, sometimes very modern she sewed her heart into them. Because of her severe Glaucoma and eventually her Multiple Myeloma this was really a labour of love and she started making them early in the year to be finished on time. Her last angel was knitted because she could no longer sit at the sewing machine and was constantly back and forth to Melbourne for treatment
While I was standing there feeling more than a little nostalgic the words of Peter Marshall’s little book ‘Let’s keep Christmas’ came to mind. The book, a copy of a sermon he preached, was based on an experience soon after he arrived in America as a young immigrant boy from Scotland. My little book is now sixty years old, the pages are yellowed, the dust jacket is taped and covered in plastic to hold it together and the back of it is adorned with scribbles done by one of my girls when they were little.
Peter Marshall was, of course, the American Pastor who was made famous, posthumously, by the book, ‘A Man Called Peter’. Written by his wife Catherine, it was later made into a movie. The book ‘Let’s Keep Christmas’, reads as if it was written just yesterday. I can’t quote anything here because it is still protected by copyright laws. But, He says in essence when referring to tree decorations that we may have new lights and baubles etcetera but it will be the old ones which we bring out year after year that will mean the most to us. He was so right!
The knitted Angel (note the tiny knitted dove in the Angels hands)