|"How's this pose, Mom?"|
"Hey ... isn't this a 'no Santa hats zone'?"
"Perfect, Cam. And no, but nice try, Mags."
OK. So ... you all know Mom is a proud Army wife and Army brat, right? Both our dad and her dad were in the Army for many years! Anyway, back in the mid-1800s, that could have been before Mom's time, but I'm not quite sure, the Army wives out here on the frontier didn't have many things they could decorate their tree with! One of their customs was to loop pretty ribbons through the shanks of the brass buttons the men wore on their uniforms and tie them to their Christmas trees!! (I'm assuming this would be spare buttons, or they would have had some mighty cold soldiers, what with how the wind comes ripping down the prairie and all ... but I digress!). Mom loves that tradition and continues it today!
Here is one of Dad's old uniform buttons:
And here's one of Mom's dad's buttons - from the uniform he wore as a West Point cadet!
Mighty special, both of them!
|"I love these ornaments! And the whole tree! ... and the treats Mom is holding ..."|
"Me, too. My hat's slipping. Isn't that a cryin' shame?"
One year, Mom made a bunch of these ornaments:
|Battle Dress Uniform (BDU) tree ornament|
They are made from one of Dad's old uniforms, some twine, and batting that looks like SNOW! Those ornaments represent all of our men and women serving in our nation's military, stationed all over the world.
|"We ❤❤ the members of our military!!"|
"AMEN, Cam. AMEN!"
Oh. Right. Hat fell off there at the end. Too bad, huh? Yeah. I wore it as a bandana. Good enough, right?!?
We hope you enjoyed hearing a bit more about our Patriotic Tree! Please remember to say a prayer for those serving in our nation's military -- especially those who are overseas at Christmas!