Reprinted from the November / December 2013 issue of “Christian Woman” Magazine.
Joann carefully removed the glass bell from the tree and gently wrapped it in tissue paper before placing it in the box. Ever since she could remember, her mom had told her that this bell was from the first Christmas she and Dad celebrated together as husband and wife.
Joann had already packed away all the ornaments depicting birds or birdhouses, bird watching being her dad’s favorite pastime, and the occasional Hallmark ornament – New House, Favorite Grandma and Grandpa, Snoopy on top of his doghouse.
And last but not least, the two stars made out of construction paper and yarn that Joann and her sister, Zelma, had made. Their ages were written on the back of the now-faded green stars – Joann, age 32, and Zelma, age 28. That one made Joann smile. She and Zee had made them as a joke for their mom, and she faithfully hung them on her tree every year.