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Ornaments are so much more than tiny bits of glass or cloth. Like photographs, Christmas ornaments draw forth memories and a sense of family tradition and belonging, even for the most unsentimental of persons. As we pull out the boxes, carefully unwrapping each memory, piling the tissue paper to the side, we share family stories, reminisce about relatives and teach our traditions to the younger generation. Some ornaments are tree fillers, of course, but every family with a Christmas tree has a few sentimental pieces that are treasured for generations.
Last year, I accidentally broke an ornament I hoped would become that special treasure for the Tongginator.
It was her favorite.
And I broke it.Don't ask me how I did it because I actually don't remember. I only remember her crestfallen face and my tears as we both stared at the remnants of...
To learn what ornament I broke, and why it upset me so, head over to Grown In My Heart. Because that's where I am today. And if you ever wondered about Christmas traditions in China, check out my post from yesterday, Christmas in China.