Christmas is a time I cherish every year. I love the songs, the decorations, the traditions, the movies, the family-time, and even the wrapping! Most of all I love the warmness of Christmas. The soft lights, the steady hum of a heater, the twinkling of a lit Christmas tree, and the nostalgia of Christmases past.
For me, those memories always have Shiny Brites in them. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Shiny Brites, they were one of the most popular Christmas ornaments in the 40’s and 50’s. If you look closely, you’ll probably find a few hanging on your grandparents or parents Christmas trees.
For me, that’s the first place I remember seeing them. Every year when I’d help my grandma with her Christmas decorations, there’d be a box, worn with years of careful handeling, with the faded words Shiny Brite Christmas Ornaments on the front. I knew those were Grandma’s most valued ornaments. Each one was was delicately wrapped in tissues, tucked into their individual cut-outs inside the box. They were colors of blues and reds and silver. Some had different shapes and some had sparkles. They were beautiful.
Then as the years went by, some got broken, some chipped, but that never mattered. Every year, just like the one before, she’d carefully wrap them up and put them away for them to be taken out to be enjoyed the next year. She once told me that small box of ornaments were some of she and grandpa’s first Christmas tree decorations. They meant something to her. You could tell in the way she cared for them, that they were nostalgic for her. I suppose that was passed down, because now that’s what they are for me-little memories.
I would guess this is one of my grandma’s oldest.
This will be my first Christmas in 29 years without her; but every time I look at one of her Shiny Brites hanging on my tree, I can’t help but smile and know my heart is full and my cup overflows.
Merry Christmas! I hope you have a very Shiny Brite Christmas.