For this year's 12th Day Virtual Advent post, I wanted to share something new to me. As some of you might know, I purchased my first home last year. This was an exciting and frightening time, but I have loved having my own place to call home. Thankfully, I have plenty of holiday decorations that I've collected and purchased over the years, so decking my halls took very little effort! In fact, my mother couldn't take her fake tree with her to Hawaii, so I inherited it from her.
One thing I've wanted to do though, that a new home reminds me, is to put up Christmas artwork. For anyone who has purchased a new home or moved in somewhere that's bigger than what you're used to, there is always the matter of hanging things on bare walls! Over the years I've developed an interest in collecting artwork when I travel, or at least purchasing art that has a story. For instance, I have collected several paintings and watercolors that now hang in my home and are special to me because of the story attached to them. What about holiday artwork though? That's tougher to find, at least from my experience.
|"Christmas Dreaming" before having it framed.|
Just yesterday I went to pick up the finished product after having it custom framed. Thankfully, it is just in time for the holidays! I can't express how much this piece of artwork will mean to me, thanks to the story and memories behind it. As teachers, we sometimes forget names. What we don't forget are the stories and cumulative memories we've collected over the years. We may not remember the names, years, or exact details, but the feelings and thoughts it left behind are there forever. In a way, this painting is a visual representation of what one student left in my memory and heart.
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