Day’s Verse:
They entered the house and saw the child in the arms of Mary, his mother. Overcome, they kneeled and worshiped him. Then they opened their luggage and presented gifts: gold, frankincense, myrrh.
Matthew 2:11

Although my family’s never been big on Christmas traditions, we do like to pull out our ornaments every year and reminisce about them. When I got old enough, Mom gave me my box of personal ornaments, which I had labeled all by myself when I was in elementary school. Taking it out this year, I actually read what I’d written as a kid, and had to smile. I tried hard, anyway.

Try 1: Kathleen’s Orn[a]ments
Try #1
This is a good try, and at least at age 8 I was able to spell my name and, astonishingly, use an apostrophe correctly — more than many adults can do today. “Ornaments” proved more challenging, though, as the next attempts demonstrate.

Try 2: Kathleen’s Christmas Orn[a]ments
Try #2
Oops, missed that elusive a again. Drat.

Try 3: Kathleen’s Christman Orname[n]ts
Try #4
Uh-oh, getting worse. “Christmas” does sound rather like “Christman,” and I suppose you could argue that Christmas is about Christ-man… “Ornaments” continued to defeat me, although this time I missed the second n rather than the a.

Try 4: Kathleen’s Chriscman Ornaments
Try #3
“Christmas” continues to pose a real problem for me — defeated by phonetic spelling! — but at least “ornaments” came out right this time. And check it out: Nana sent our presents in a box formerly containing electronic typewriter correctable ribbon. How quaint! It’s even dated: Do not open until 12/24/92. This box has floated around our family for almost 20 years.

On no side of the box did I actually successfully spell “Kathleen’s Christmas Ornaments” correctly, but it wasn’t for lack of trying. It was more for lack of box sides.

3 thoughts on “My Box of Christman Ornments

  1. That’s really cute that you still have that original box in addition to the ornaments! Like you say, you were doing better at 8 than many adults aspire to today.

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