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Christmas Stars, Dr. Seuss, The Wizard of Oz, And Family Traditions – We All Have Them

Christmas Stars, Dr. Seuss, The Wizard of Oz, And Family Traditions – We All Have Them

I love to discover remnants from the past as I unpack my Christmas décor every year. The first of my  discoveries this year were the stars. Oh my! There were lots of stars, but not as many as I used to have as I have shared them with all my girls who have an interest in family traditions. Andrews’ stars I still have and may never give to him. You see, he doesn’t like them –  never has – and probably never will!

There is a story behind these stars. They are plain old plastic five-pointed stars used most commonly in store window displays. They probably date back to the late fifty’s. They hung on Aunt Tishy’s Christmas tree every year. There were probably a few hundred of them sparkling and twinkling down at us from each limb.

The story I remember being told was Aunt Tishy was in New York during the Christmas season one year and spotted them in a window display of a department store. There they were – shining and giving life to what ever scene they were a part of. Falling in love with them instantly, she had to have them for her tree and marching right in that store she persuaded the manager into selling them to her. Picture this… she was a short, wiry , hot-tempered, feisty little bit of a woman. You did not want to butt heads with her because you would not come out on top…ever! She usually got her way and that department store manager didn’t stand a chance from the get-go!

Through the years the stars were separated and passed on to Aunt Letaine, and to my dad and mother for their trees and as time passed they were divided again and all of Aunt Letaine’s  children and the five children in our family were blessed with stars. As Dr. Seuss would have said – “There were  stars upon thars!”

One year I happened upon some stars at Cracker Barrel. They were really prettier than mine, having more detail and were not faded with age. “That’s it! I’ll buy Andrew his own stars and mix in a few of Aunt Tishy’s and surely he will be pleased and cherish them as I have mine.” I purchased about two dozen of those stars and wrapped them up and put them under the tree for him from Santa. Nope. He doesn’t like those stars either. What it is he doesn’t like about stars I don’t know. I continue to put them on my tree every year along with the ones Santa left for Andrew and turn a deaf ear to the grumbling. After all, they are a tradition.

Andrews' stars

Andrews’ stars

Another thing I discovered while unpacking decorations was Andrew’s mini Wizard of Oz Christmas ornament set that his Aunt Debbie gave him one year when he was about four years old. At the time, ‘The Wizard of Oz’ was his favorite movie – except for that flying monkey part. There were four figures included in the set – Dorothy, the Tin Man, the Scarecrow, and the Cowardly Lion. His imagination was something else at that age and he snitched a piece of red velvet ribbon and fashioned a red carpet, placing a set of red stairs, confiscated from parts to one of his toys, at the end of it. The figures were set up around the carpet displaying a scene from the movie. Every Christmas since then we have had the Wizard of Oz set up with our Christmas decorations.

Wizard of Oz

Wizard of Oz

 

What am I going to do when one day Andrew leaves for good and takes his Wizard of Oz setup with him? For sure, he will – he likes that one. I guess I’ll just look at all those stars!

Do you have Christmas traditions that continue year after year?

Elle

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About Elle Knowles

Elle Knowles lives in the Florida Panhandle with her husband and off-at-college-most-of-the-time son. She has four daughters, one son, and eleven beautiful grandchildren. 'Crossing the Line' is her first novel. The sequel 'What Line' is a work in progress. Recently published is Coffee-Drunk Or Blind - a nonfiction story of homesteading in the Alaska wilderness with her parents and four siblings, told through letters by her mother and remembered accounts from the family.

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  1. What a great tradition, Elle! That one star which you showed that is part of Andrew’s stars, looks like a snow flake. It’s really cool looking!

    I wish I could say we had a tradition for the holiday season. Not decoration wise, at least. But we did have the tradition of going over to my aunt and uncle’s house for Christmas eve, and decorating their tree with them.

    When I got married, Mr. Quantum and I began our tradition of ‘Wheel movies.’ Every holiday throughout the year has a movie attached to it, which we watch. That’s been a fun tradition!

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    • I could go with the movie thing! So you do have a tradition. Just don’t realize it until now. 😊🎄~Elle

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      • When I was a little girl, and up through the years, our tradition was opening gifts on Christmas morning. There was always a mountain of presents. When my brother passed away, my parents and I switched over to gift giving on Christmas Eve. Later, after I got married, Mr. Quantum and I had gift opening over the phone with my parents – we lived in Texas, and they were up here in NY. Beyond that, there were no real traditions. The Wheel of the Year movie tradition came along after I was married, and really suits us. 🙂

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  2. Reblogged this on Finding Myself Through Writing and commented:

    Here’s another Christmas tale I published a few years ago. I still have those stars…Andrew still doesn’t like them…My girls do…and I also parted with a couple of them this year… ~Elle

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  3. My stars are my favorite part of our tree! I’m thinking i need to search ebay for more b/c my kids will only get one or two since i have so few.

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  4. I love your story Elle. I have traditions also and I’ve blogged about them.
    It was so great to read yours. And I love the Wizard of Oz ornaments. They are lovely. 🙂

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  5. I never knew the story behind the stars. I just thought the stars were separated between Daddy and Aunt Letaine when Aunt Ticia died. The stars are my favorite decorations on my tree.

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    • They are my favorite too. Am I the only one to have ever heard that story? I remember Aunt Letaine telling me that story years ago. One year when Andrew did the tree for me I had to sneak a few on without his knowledge! 🙂

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  6. That’s a fascinating tale indeed Elle!

    Imagine plastic Christmas stars becoming part of your family heirloom thanks to the ” love at first sight” experienced by your aunt Tishy. And as you have yourself discovered the stars carry so many memories with them and that is such a blessing, is it not?

    Merry Christmas.

    Shakti

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  7. I can hardly believe it, but I have two plastic stars on my Christmas tree that are identical to the one in your first picture–except they are red. I decorate my tree with all of the miscellaneous ornaments that I’ve accumulated through the years–including a few that were my grandmother’s. I got the plastic stars in a box which contained her ornaments that I got after she died. At the time I’d recently gotten married–and needed ornaments. If they were typically used in store window displays, I wonder how she got them

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