I have an odd request to make!
I would like you to send us an ornament!
Want to know why?
Well, we finally got our tree up this past weekend and to my surprise, almost all of our ornaments were missing.
The glass balls that Daryl and I hand decorated our first Christmas together.
The cloth elves whose knees tuck behind their clasped hands from my childhood.
The zillions of altered ornaments that the kids made even prettier with paint pens and too much glitter over the years.
The engraved ones that were presents for the kids.
The miscellaneous oddballs.
The framed tiny photos of the children as babies.
They’re just gone. All but one little bag of assorted ones that were apparently packed up last.
I’ve cleaned and organized our basement (which is no small task, I should tell you). I’ve cleaned and organized our storage closet (ditto). I’ve searched high and low. I can’t explain it, but all of our boxes of ornaments are just missing.
So we have a rather sparse tree. We put up the few little oddballs that were in that small bag, but it’s a bit pitiful!
To add insult to injury, the first couple of days, one of our cats decided to climb our forlorn tree and hide in the branches, bapping at the ornaments from within.
And it’s made all the more ridiculous by the fact that all of our lights were dead (I did find those!) except one strand, so we used lights my mother-in-law gave us. Every single strand has a different color of lights — one white, one multi, one red, and one green! And one has white wires too.
The cat and the lights make me giggle, actually. I love oddness and it suits us.
But the ornaments? Sigh. That’s not really any fun at all.
I thought of hand making a billion with the children. We’re certainly pros at that. And we will.
But they’ll all be one sort of another, and truth be told, I miss the sentimentality of the ornaments we had collected. I wanted some variety and sentiment!
So I came up with an idea.
I’m going to ask YOU to send us an ornament!
It can be from your tree, made by your children, picked out at the dollar store, anything. It can be a tempera painted bit of cardboard, a simple silver ball, anything.
I truly don’t care in the least, because it will fill our tree with sentimentality, because it will come from you and your children. And that totally makes me smile.
But I can’t just ask you to mail me something without giving anything back. That would be wrong. So I started to think of what I could do on my end and I came up with an idea.
For every family that sends an ornament, we’ll donate a dollar to the Princess Zev Foundation.
The Princess Zev Foundation is maintained by Magical Mama Caitlin, who I only know online but absolutely adore. Few people on earth manage to convey goodness and light right through a computer the way Caitlin can. She is a follower of this blog and our Facebook page, and a friend of my fabulous friend Claire. And she manages to be a bright spot in the universe despite the loss of her utterly magical daughter, Zev.
The Princess Zev Foundation exists to give books and toys to children in need (those who have experienced loss, those in poverty and orphans) and to schools in honor of Zev, her love of books and her giving spirit.
Incidentally The Princess Zev Foundation is also up for a donation through the Pepsi Refresh Project. You can vote daily and help them win here. They need your votes!
If you’d like to donate too, you can do so here.
So, if you’d like to send us an ornament for our tree, here’s the address:
PO Box 304
Westbrook, MN 56183
Our whole family is thrilled with the idea of getting ornaments from you, because it may sound sappy but you’re special to all of us. Please tuck in a note about who you are or a drawing by your kids or anything else to let us know about you and your family. :)
I’ll post an update at the end of the year with some pictures of our decorated tree and a tally of our donations. If nobody sends an ornament (I understand! It’s a busy season!), then we’ll still send a donation to the Princess Zev Foundation, and we’ll just get busy making some ornaments.
So will you help us out? We’d love a bit of your family in our living room on our crazy (but still fabulous) tree.
I promise to keep it safe from the cat.