Friday, December 19, 2008
Re-opening a treasured wedding gift
When my husband and I got married a little over two years ago, we received many lovely wedding gifts from friends and family. Although I appreciated the towels and toaster oven, I have to say the more "everlasting" gifts we received ended up being my favorites: the double wedding ring quilt embroidered with our names and wedding date, a beautiful gift from three friends at work; a lacy vintage tablecloth from a tea-lover friend who knew how much I would enjoy pulling this out at holidays and other special occasions; silver and crystal bowls, not for everyday use but oh-so-nice to have; and the gift that's on my mind today, this wedding set of Merck's Family Old World Christmas Ornaments.
I'd heard of these sets before but had never seen them "live." There are 12 ornaments, each representing a characteristic designed to bring happiness to the couple.
Some of my favorites include the house (representing shelter and protection).
The pink rose (beauty and affection).
The angel (representing God's guidance in the home) and Santa (unselfishness and goodwill).
The heart with two wedding rings on it (representing true love, this one goes highest on the tree!).
And last but not least, the teapot! It represents hospitality, something I hope to show a little more of in the year ahead. So if you ever want to really treat a special couple in your life upon their wedding, you might want to consider a set of these Christmas ornaments, which are kind of like getting a wedding gift at Christmas every single year.