Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The Christmas Plates

Last year, I hosted a holiday luncheon for my PTA group, took lots of pictures and yesterday happened to come upon them again. In the background of 1 picture, I saw the Plates - The Christmas Plates, hanging on the wall as they've always done in all my homes and before that, my mother's home. Have you ever been asked - "if you had to leave your home and could only take one thing - what would it be"? - well putting my quilts aside, it would be these plates. They've been around a long time and have lots of sentimental value.
They're really just ceramic plates with a pretty winter scene, not Christmas-y but such a sweet story behind them. There are 2 small and 1 large one which is displayed in the center.
I remember years ago, how my mom went on and on about these plates. She wanted them so badly for Christmas and as a small child, I wanted to be the one to give her the biggest and the best one...
the big round one in the center. I saved and saved until I was able to count out 99 cents in coins - mostly pennies but a few dimes and nickels. I was very proud of my accomplishment. Big Beautiful Plate, here I come! My dad took me to the nursery where they were displayed and where he knew all the employees. I proudly counted out the coins to the lady as she wrapped up my plate. I was about to give my mom her most favorite Christmas present.
I was beyond excited and as the big day approached, I was unable to contain my enthusiasm. On Christmas morning, my mom opened her gifts and loved the plates - the best! - especially the big round one! For years after, everytime I saw those plates, it reminded me of this particular Christmas. It wasn't until many, many years later, I found out that my dad standing behind me in line, slipped the lady the remainder of the money to make up the difference. It made me laugh so hard but also left me with a warm fuzzy heart at the thought of my innocence - and that of all children.
I'm so glad to have these plates in my family, to be able to pass them on to my daughter as a reminder of the wonders of childhood at this magical time of year.
Enjoy the magic with all the little people in your life!

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