Sunday, February 3, 2013

Storytelling Sunday - February

When i was growing up, my family had a tradition of each member giving a handmade gift, as well as a storebought gift, to everyone at Christmas.  The handmade gifts were always the most anticipated and we opened them first on Christmas morning.  One year my sister gave me this "bank" - she must have been in about second grade (7 or 8 years old.)  She decorated a jar with some glitter, gift wrap cut-outs, and Mod Podge.  I have kept this jar in my underwear drawer with emergency cash in it ever since, which is about forty years!  It is a treasured possesion that I know I will keep forever.

Sian, who is a gifted storyteller and a sweet, creative soul, has a series titled "Storytelling Sunday" on the first Sunday of each month.  Please visit her blog to read about other treasured items and the story (there's always a story!) behind them.  I am off to read about other precious picks right now!


  1. It's amazing that you have kept it for so long. Isn't it amazing how fast forty years can pass, isn't it?

  2. That is so cool Laurie and your sister must feel honored that you have kept that present all these years! It is no wonder you are so creative, you started at such a young age!!

    I have a treasured Christmas ornament that I made in my first grade class (40 years ago!) it is a little clear medicine bottle and we put our black and white wallet sized photos on one side and the teacher mimeographed (remember??) "Merry Christmas" on a small piece of paper. The top had a hole put in it where were used a green bread-tie as the hanger and then we were allowed to cover the top with glue and gold glitter! (Oh how I loved glitter...and still do!!)

    My momma kept that ornament (she was good about keeping ALL the things her three girls did) and maybe 15 years ago gave it to me. I put it on my tree every year. Not only does it bring back fond memories of first grade, but of an amazing mom I had been blessed with. She's an angel now, but I would like to think all my great qualities are because of her.

    Thank you for kindling that memory and for sharing yours.

    Enjoy your day,

  3. I love this! If it had been given to me, I would have been sure to keep hold of it too. I like handmade gifts more than any other kind - they show a lot of love. This one certainly does. Yes. it's precious, alright! Thanks for letting us have a look at your treasure today Laurie

  4. If my sister had given me such a wonderful jar, I would have treasured it, too. Lovely story and I enjoyed reading it.

  5. I think it's wonderful that you still have the treasure and all the memories to go with it. Nothing ever lasts as long as a homemade gift and your sister did a great job with your bank x

  6. This is a great idea - i love homemade gifts as they take more thought and time and are so precious to look back upon.

  7. It looks in amazing condition considering it is 40 years. Glad you still use it and like many here I too like home made gifts :)

  8. I love that you have kept this for so long, so many lovely memories. thank you for sharing.

  9. That is a lovely tradition! It just goes to show us that it is the hand crafted things that often do show us how much we are loved. The time and effort put into a gift such as this speaks of the love that went into every cut and paste.


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