There are some special Christmas decorations that I put up every year that have special memories attached to them.
Larry and I loved Christmas and we always had an all blue light flocked tree. He did all the work, putting the lights on first and then covering each one with tin foil, and then would flock it covering all the light cords. I will never forget the year that Bret was watching Larry put the lights on our tree on the Patio. Bret was talking to his Dad the whole time it took Larry to put the lights on the tree. Larry would nod his head and say things back to Bret. That would be our last Christmas together.
Every year when I put this cute decoration up, I think of my dear friends Kay and Allen Lewis. Allen was our Bishop for several years. He was one of the influences of Bret going on a mission. He died of a heart attack while attending General Conference in Salt Lake City. Such a shock. He was loved by all who knew him. Kay has remarried and is now serving her third mission with her husband. Kay gave me this decoration a long time ago.
The below Santa Claus is also a decoration that I bought for our Elk Meadows Condo, but the real memories of this one are the two stuffed characters Kermit, and whoops can't think of the other's name. A long time ago I was taking care of my grandsons Larry, Cortney, and Riley at their home in Kingman, Arizona. I took them to McDonald's and bought them the kids meals. These little stuffed characters were in the meal as it was Christmas time. Cortney and Larry both gave me their gifts. I am pretty sure they felt they were too old for them. I remember so may fun times with them. I miss them a lot. Wish I could go back in time and play with them again, and can't help but wish they were in my life now, so I could play with my great grand kids. Oh how I wish things were different.