I seems the holiday season always reminds of the holes in our hearts left by those who have gone before us. Those members of our family and friends who made our time her special.
My Aunt Linda and Aunt Nancy were sisters and best friends. One of the things that the did was make Christmas candy together. My Aunt Linda is gone now, but my Aunt Nancy still carries on the tradition of making sure that Christmas candy gets made and shared. Her husband has turned in to her “master candy dipper.” In spite of his support it isn’t the same. Sister’s make you laugh in special ways that no one else can.
My Grandma Virtue and her best friend “Aunt” Hermine, both gone, were a crafty couple of ladies. Grandma was always thinking of things to make for Christmas and “Aunt” Hermine was her trusty sidekick. One year they attached clear medicine cups with glitter on the rim to a Styrofoam ball and hung as a Christmas decoration. Even now I am not sure what made them think that was festive, but I can see them with their enthusiasm making them. Another year they made tree decorations using left over flash cubes and jewelry the bought at rummage sales. I still have mine left, and it still hangs on my tree. It sounds a little odd, but it was one of their better ideas.
My friend, Barb, lost her battle to ovarian cancer this spring, and I miss her when working a design for my Christmas cards this year. We always crafted with paper together. Barb loved glitter and I wasn’t so sure ( I think it was those medicine cups). She had an uncanny ability to know what what odd obscure thing to add to make it just a little better. Her collection of ephemera was mind-boggling and she could find another used for it when we started brainstorming when working on altered art, cards, and even scrapbooks.
Vince Gill has a song on one of his Christmas albums about his brother who passed away called “It wont be the same this year.” I really do like it because it a great song that is a tribute to all those who can’t be with us during this holiday season.