Do you know a young couple who are sharing their first Christmas?

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....(Yes, Ellyn, that might mean YOU!!!)

I think this would be a WONDERFUL and very different bridal gift:

The traditional 12 ornaments for a bride's tree

1. Heart- love in the home
2. House - family shelter
3. Flower basket - beauty in the home
4. Basket of fruit - plenty
5. Teapot - hospitality
6. Bird in a nest - confidence in the shelter
7. Pinecone - eternity
8. Animal - peace with nature
9. Fish - Christ, as well as fertility
10. Rose - Virgin Mary
11. Church or angel - God
12. Saint Nicholas - giving and sharing

I have seen these as sets, but they were very expensive. Some of the items, though, could be made or found very inexpensively. If you enclosed a sheet explaining the symbolism of each ornament, I think it would make it very special. And way out of the ordinary!

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I'm on my way over there right now...
(Can't afford the fancy sets...tried to get one on eBay but , of course, was outbid. I could kick myself around the block, because I saw a very nice knock-off set (actually 3) at ACE hardware in the 50% off after Christmas sale a few years ago. I thought it would be a good investment having girls of marriageable age. But then I decided against it. Oy!) I probably could pillage most of the items off of my own tree (when we get around to putting it up!) but I still need to think about the other 5 kids.

I just finished buying all of the ornaments for my very best friend, who is a devout and chaste girl who married a devout and chaste boy.

For the flower basket, I bought an Aboriginal birch bark basket (traditional art up here in Yellowknife) with a flower on it made from quills. I then put all the other ornaments in it.

I'm mailing it off tomorrow. I can't wait to hear her squeals of joy over the phone when she receives it!

Oh cool I may have to do a couple sets of these ... if I can find time to seek out everything ;) I was actually thinking about giving them ornaments for Christmas anyway.



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