While I was in North Carolina my sisters and I pulled out my mom's Christmas ornaments and carefully divided them up. We are a good team, my sisters and I, so sorting through and dividing my mother's cherished decorations, although sad, went very smoothly and gave us a chance to sit and share memories. One set of decorations in particular brought us all back to our childhood - Lisa, the oldest, was probably no more than 10. There was and still is something magical about these charming woodland scenes and the day we made them. We made many Christmas decorations over the years, but these are the clear favorite of us all. Luckily enough have survived that we are each able to have a nice little group.
Although I was very young, I still have vivid memories of that day.
We started by going out into the fields around our home and gathering the dried milkweed pods that were abundant in our neighborhood.
Next, armed with supplies of Spanish moss, miniature critters, dried flowers and glue, we set about creating sweet little scenes in each pod. It was a simple enough project that even at the age of 5 or 6 I was able to participate.
The final step was to add a string to each so that they could be hung on the tree. These had sewing thread that was frayed and knotted from years of use. I'll be threading new ribbons or string through the tiny holes that my Mutti put in the tops of each all those years ago.
If you have a ready supply of milkweed pods I highly recommend giving this project a try. And if you do, may yours provoke wonderful memories in another 40 something years.