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.
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
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 3: Kathleen’s Christman Orname[n]ts
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
“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.