One of the most memorable Christmas decorations that my mother had were two tiny gnomes made out of pinecones. We didn’t have much in the way of Christmas decorations and those two little gnomes were my favorite holiday “fluff”. Mom always put them on top of a side table that was next to my favorite wing backed chair. Their sweet little faces, pipe cleaner beards and arms, mica bases and tiny little details made me smile. I would carefully hold them in my hands and study how they were made.
A few years back our family Christmas was spent at my brother and sister-in-law's home. My sister-in-law, Stacy, loves to decorate for Christmas and she had the family room shelves beautifully decorated with their collections of Snowmen. As my eyes landed on one shelf, there were two pinecone gnomes – JUST LIKE moms!! GASP! So I asked my brother where he got them………
Mom gave them to him!!!! Oh gnome! That is a crime! A MISGNOMEANER!
Ok, not his fault…..he didn’t know that I had a deep and sentimental attachment to them. Can’t get hurt feelings either as I don’t think my mom even realized that I looked forward to seeing the two quirky gnomes make their way out of the storage box onto the table. (I was shy and quiet and kept things to myself….go figure!)
My heart still loves these jolly-good little guys. Over the years I have picked them up here and there whilst out shopping. They don’t go for the 25 cents that they initially were sold for at the local Five and Dime Store. But that is ok, they are worth it because they bring back a fond childhood memory – time spent in my favorite chair admiring the gnomes and our cookie cut-out ornaments on the Christmas tree.
Duhgall loves the little gnomes, too. He was at my feet whilst decorating the shelf and had to give them a sniff of approval as they came out of my storage box to display in our home.
I think he likes them as much as I do…..don’tchagnome!