I purposed to enjoy the decorating my house with the those objects that hold meaning and significance to me and tie me to memories from the past. When I prepare for Christmas, I put up a small live tree which I decorate with Julie's Christmas ornaments. Julie was single, and didn't have a lot of ornaments, but the ones she had were stored in a round Christmas theme hat box that I had given her filled with Christmas gifts years before. Julie had carefully wrapped each ornament in tissue paper and placed them in the storage box on that last Christmas of her life.
The first Christmas after her death, upon opening this storage receptacle holding Julie's ornaments, I was overcome with sadness and weeping by the unexpected scent of Julie that wafted from the box. Julie used a strongly scented hair pomade which she would work through her curls as she styled them. I pictured her doing her hair, and letting it dry, as she had packed away Christmas in 2009. Honestly, every year, when I open the box, the scent hits me and makes me cry. Each year, I am grateful I can still catch a bit of the beautiful scent that was Julie.
I don't know where Julie got this skier ornament. It reminds me of an athletic Julie during her healthy days when she had the money, the time, and energy all at the same time so she could go skiing. I remember her living in ski country near Vail, Colorado and wonder if she got the ornament while she lived there.
|Christmas Day 2015|
Sally & Boston