Monday, December 8, 2008

Hi Folks,

Over 30 years ago I created Christmas stockings for my husband, two sons and myself. The stockings were carefully stored throughout the year and hung again each Christmas. As new members joined the family, I made new stockings for them. I have to confess that this year, the hanging of the stockings was virtually the last bit of my Christmas decorating. I didn't want to face the fact that I wouldn't be hanging two of the stocking this year.

So this month, my beaded square is a final Christmas stocking for my husband Gordon and son Donnavon. After I finished stitching the sides of the stocking, I symbolically stuffed it with all the family traditions that involved Gordon and Donnavon and sewed it shut. We're determined to remember the good times, but not to morbidly focus on the loss. We will adjust and find our way through this holiday season, as well as begin some new family traditions.

May you all have a wonderful holiday and a joyous new year.
Jeanette Shanigan


pam T said...

My heart goes out to you. A beautiful tribute and an incredible page.

Marty S said...

This is a nice way to remember your husband and son. And the beading is lovely.
Marty S
Crackpot Beader

abeadlady said...

Good for you, Jeanette! As difficult as it is, sometimes we just have to draw a line. I miss my children everyday, but I don't focus on the fact that they are gone. In a way, they are part of my everyday life, but the sadness has eased as time has passed.
Blessings to you and your family.

Jes said...

I am inspired by your words about remembering the good times, and at the same time beginning new traditions. Wishing you a happy holiday and a wonderful new year.

Robin said...

Did you put any written words inside the stocking? I really like your idea and your courage to face the decorations... to face the Christmas season both for yourself and the rest of your family. You are probably the only one who can pull the family together in some sort of festivities and celebration. I'm guessing they will take the lead from you. Symbolically, your Dec BJP page may help you to do that. Blessings, Robin A.