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the pink ornaments

Pink Ornaments

< by Jill >

My great-grandmother had fine taste. When I visited her home as a child, I knew instinctively to look with my eyes and not with my hands. Keeping drool in check, I ogled crystal vases, diamond-encrusted jewelry, and giant, flamingo-pink Christmas ornaments.

When my great-grandmother passed away, all of her things went into boxes. Then, one day, all of the relatives roamed around the house, opening boxes, rummaging through the contents, and laying claim to them. As the youngest of the family, I did not have claiming power. However, my mom did — and my mom also has fine taste.

After moseying through the main floor and into the basement, my mom happened upon a cluster of cube-shaped boxes. Each box had five walls of heavyweight cardboard and one sturdy flap that opened to reveal a giant, flamingo-pink Christmas ornament. With confident pen swipes, my mom labeled each box SJK.

When the day of labeling ended, all the cube-shaped boxes went home with SJK. For many years since, the contents within have decorated our Christmas tree, reminding us of great-grandma, a woman of fine taste.

Klosterman Christmas Tree


  bodhimoments wrote @

lovely! I have a few boxes of beautiful baubles which I am trying to create a tradition with. I hope my children feel the same about them as SJK did with her mother’s.

  abreakfastserial wrote @

As a kid, I loved the ornaments because they were pink and abnormally huge. It took many years for me to attach memories and significance to them, but that’s sort of how it goes when you grow up. I’m sure your kids will gradually begin to see the baubles for their beauty as well as what they embody.

  artreviewed wrote @

Wow! They really are beautiful! My mum gave me some decorations a few years ago which I had loved as a child, red and silver mushrooms but they are glass so Ive never used them as Im so scared of breaking them! xx

  abreakfastserial wrote @

I encourage you to take them out of storage and hang them up! Truth be told, we’ve lost a few of the ornaments to curious cats and clumsy toddlers, but it’s still worth it to bring them out each year. Even if we run out of baubles, the memories will live on, and that’s what really matters 🙂

  artreviewed wrote @

I think I shall for this year! 😀 thank you! xx

  Staci Creswell wrote @

I received the nicest Thank You card in the mail last Friday. The contents were a ‘Christmas Bonus’ and a business card to your site. You will never know what emotions you stirred for me that day and in that very moment. Thank you for your kindness and I can’t wait to view your post of your tailgate party!

Staci Creswell
Ps. I love your gma’s pink flamingo Christmas ornaments.

  abreakfastserial wrote @

Hi Staci!

All the gratitude belongs to you. You worked so hard and so fast. Everyone loved the hat (even the Packers fans!), and I passed your name to all who inquired about it 🙂

The next few weeks on the site are Christmas/holiday-themed, so in the meantime, I’ll send you a few pictures by e-mail. The tailgating post will go up the week of the Superbowl (I was going to do it sooner, but opted to stick with holiday posts for the month of December). Anyway, I hope all is well!


  Jean Klosterman wrote @

I’m so glad Jill shared memory about her Great Grandma’s pink balls. I’m sure some day, they will also be on her own tree. Grandma Jean

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