Many of my items look something like this:
See anything familiar in that stash?
Andrew's box is mostly full of ski passes, which, when 11 years worth are laid out in order, show the beautiful passage of time. Like school pictures for grownups.
Last year, in an unusual fit of Christmasy nostalgia, we crafted all our items into ornaments for our tree. A tree full of memories. A new holiday tradition!
For race medals, I cut the ribbons off or tied them into decorative bows, and then added a hook for hanging. Voila:
|Marathon PR from a loooooong time ago!|
|Andrew and I won this race together. And if you don't think canoe races in Northern Minnesota are competative, you haven't spent much time Up North. Apparently winning with a girl on your team was previously unheard of.|
|Some people like to make funny faces for their ski pass pictures.|
|Some medals don't require additional ribbons or adornments.|
|The Memory Tree|
Something else we did last year, which officially qualifies as a tradition since this is now year number two, was join Nathan Bransford's Heifer International fundraiser.
Heifer is a great organization! In their own words, “Heifer International is a global nonprofit with a proven solution to ending hunger and poverty in a sustainable way. Heifer helps empower millions of families to lift them out of poverty and hunger to self-reliance through gifts of livestock, seeds, and trees and extensive training, which provide a multiplying source of food and income.”
Last year, we raised enough at Daily Adventures to donate two flocks of chicks!
Here's how it will work: For every comment on this post between now and midnight on Christmas Eve, I'll donate $1 to Heifer International. You can tweet and share to help get more comments. I'd also encourage you to visit Nathan's post and comment over there (His deadline is 6:00 PM Friday.), as well as check out the link list of other writers involved in the fundraiser. (And while you're over at Nathan's, read this post from Monday on "How Art Changes With Us" because it's completely awesome.)
In your comment here, tell me your name, where you're from, and your wish for 2011.
That's it! Thanks for helping to support a great organization. Happy holidays, everyone!