So, way back when, my family used to have this Christmas tradition. Every year after Christmas, we would go ornament shopping and each person would get an ornament that symbolized something important from that particular year. Of course, as more and more Maisano kids kept appearing, ornament shopping became a little rarer. But since I’m the oldest and I therefore get all the benefits that come from that esteemed position…I have a lot of ornaments. This year when we were decorating our tree, I thought it would be fun to put together an ornament timeline of sorts and see what my life looks like…according to my Christmas tree ornaments. This is what I found…
A loooooong time ago, before my 13 years of home education, I went to preschool. Yay for socialization!
Then there was that year that I was in the Christmas play at church. What part did I play, you ask? You guessed it…the donkey.
Next came the oh so important milestone of learning to ride a two-wheel bike. And of course, subsequently crashing and nearly killing myself on multiple occasions.
This was from one of the two years we had Disneyland passes. Texas people: I don’t have anything against Six Flags…but it just doesn’t compare.
This was from the year that I was in a musical production of Anne of Green Gables. Which also, incidentally, was my random episode of a seizure and subsequent hospitalization the night before the first performance.
Speaking of musicals, there was that other time when I was in the musical The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. I played a singing skunk.
Before we moved to Texas, I did ballet for 6 years. As a result, I have lots of ballet ornaments. Read: LOTS.
This is from the year that Beth and I ran a fairly profitable homemade cookie business (okay, it was profitable for two little kids), aptly named Sister Cookies. It was supposedly going to fund the horse that we were going to buy.
This was from the year we went through a hard-core knitting phase in my family.
And last but not least, this is my most recent addition to my ornament collection. No, I didn’t play a sheep in another musical. I bought this one in New Zealand last November, where the sheep outnumber the people nearly 10 to 1.
And there you have it. A history of my life through ornaments. According to what hangs on our family Christmas tree, my life has been defined by playing animals in musicals and ballet.
I think I’ll add a camera this year.