09 Dec Mama’s Christmas Pins
Mama went to be with the Lord in February of 2013, just days before her 92nd birthday. Daddy had gone to Heaven on Easter Sunday, April 12, 1998.
After Daddy passed, things needed organizing. From paying bills, filling out forms, everyday grocery shopping and more, there were lists to be checked off. Mama, my two sisters(Glenda and Carol) and I organized the house preparing for a life without Daddy.
When Mama passed, she lived in assisted living and the organizing and coordinating task was smaller due to her not having so many things in her room. My sisters and I gathered together in Mama’s room. We cleaned, dusted and held each of Mama’s possessions with love and care.
Every item had a special memory. A birdhouse Mama created during craft time. Framed photographs of family. Books that had been given to her, as she loved to read. Quilts and special blankets made by special friends. So many beautiful items. So many precious memories.
As Glenda and Carol and I chose items to place in our own homes, tears fell from our eyes. Mama had touched these precious things with her own hands. A connection of love from one generation to the next. We could feel the love in the room.
Of the various things I chose to carry home, a small cardboard box containing a few Christmas pins caught my eye. Throughout the years, my husband and I had given Mama homemade Christmas pins. We had gathered the unique creations from various places. A teacher who was talented at making pins was one place where the pins came from. A few were purchased at a local store. Mama wore a couple of the pins. Others stayed in the little box.
Opening the box, the memory of Mama wearing the pins brought joy. A simple act of wearing a Christmas pin to complete her outfit. She always wanted her hair fixed, her nails polished and her clothes fresh and clean.
I have kept that box of Christmas pins and every year, I bring them out and wear one each day. A reindeer, a Christmas tree, an angel. Beautiful reminders of our precious Mama.
Do you wear Christmas pins? There are pins for women and men.
Mimi aka Melissa Henderson
michellekaderlywelshPosted at 16:04h, 09 December
Such a touching story. I think I will go see how many Christmas pins I have in my box from my mom and grandmothers.
mimionlifePosted at 16:09h, 09 December
Thank you Michelle. I miss my parents. But, I am thankful God gives us special ways to remember our loved ones. Have a blessed day! 🙂
Jill WeatherholtPosted at 16:26h, 09 December
What a beautiful story, Melissa. I’m happy you have a lovely reminder of your mother. I have a few Christmas pins that look quite similar to the ones in your photograph. I still enjoy wearing mine.
mimionlifePosted at 16:37h, 09 December
Christmas pins are very special. I love wearing them. Have a blessed day! 🙂
Pam GreenPosted at 16:31h, 09 December
Melissa, I have similar memories of my mother’s jewelry, including Christmas pins. Thank you for sharing!
mimionlifePosted at 16:49h, 09 December
Thank you Pam. Special memories. Have a blessed day! 🙂
June FosterPosted at 16:36h, 09 December
Melissa, this story touched my heart. Something as simple as a little Christmas pin would hold so many memories. I have them and have worn them. This year, things seem to be different. Somehow, sticking around the house this year doesn’t bring out the festive feel of other years. But one thing hasn’t changed, the reason for the season is Jesus, our Savior.
mimionlifePosted at 16:51h, 09 December
Thank you June. Amen. The reason for the season never changes. Jesus, our Savior. I am amazed at how a simple box of Christmas pins is touching the hearts of people. Yet, I have to remember the Lord works in wonderful ways. Have a blessed day! 🙂
nancyhvestPosted at 16:37h, 09 December
I have a few Christmas pins that belonged to my mom and grandma. And I have the Jesus is the reason for the season pin myself.
mimionlifePosted at 16:52h, 09 December
Wonderful! Yes, Yes! Jesus is the reason for the season. Have a blessed day Nancy! 🙂
GailPosted at 17:01h, 09 December
I love this story. I have a collection of Christmas pins mostly from my students. I retired last summer. I think I’ll take out all the pins and try wearing one everyday to remind me of the sweet children I’ve had the pleasure of teaching over the years.
mimionlifePosted at 17:03h, 09 December
Thank you. What a wonderful idea Gail! Precious memories of teaching and all the sweet children. Have a blessed day! 🙂
Yvonne MorganPosted at 17:58h, 09 December
Oh Melissa, you brought happy tears to my eyes. My daddy bought me a Christmas pin many years ago. It is a beautiful Christmas tree with colored stones. He is gone now too so the pin is extra special. Thank you Jesus for beautiful momentos to enjoy.
mimionlifePosted at 18:11h, 09 December
How sweet that your Daddy bought you a Christmas pin! What a special gift and special memory! Yes, thank you Jesus for beautiful mementos to enjoy. Amen. Have a blessed day! 🙂
Gail JohnsonPosted at 00:53h, 10 December
Merry Christmas, Melissa!
mimionlifePosted at 13:28h, 10 December
Merry Christmas Gail! Have a blessed day! 🙂
Vickie@Vickie s Kitchen and GardenPosted at 02:38h, 10 December
I used to have some Christmas pins. I love your tradition. Memories are the best.
mimionlifePosted at 13:29h, 10 December
Thank you Vickie. I have wonderful memories of my parents. Have a blessed day! 🙂
Candice BrownPosted at 03:50h, 10 December
We lost my grandmother just before Christmas 2 years ago. I treasure her precious jewelry, especially a bird necklace I remember her wearing every day. How wonderful to have so many different pins you wear to remember your mama!
mimionlifePosted at 13:30h, 10 December
How special to have your grandmother’s jewelry! Precious memories. Have a blessed day! 🙂
Brenda CovertPosted at 04:41h, 10 December
I have Christmas pins from at least one grandmother, maybe both. My mom gave them to me. I love to wear Christmas pins! I let my daughter borrow some of them. Also earrings. 🙂
mimionlifePosted at 22:32h, 11 December
I love Christmas earrings, too! I don’t have any right now, but now I am reminded to look for some. Have a blessed day! Merry Christmas! 🙂
Jeanne TakenakaPosted at 06:18h, 10 December
Melissa, this is a beautiful story. My grandmother didn’t wear pins though my mom does sometimes. But, the things I have been given that belonged to my grandmother are very special to me. I hope you have a sweet Christmas!
mimionlifePosted at 13:31h, 10 December
I love how God uses things that belonged to our relatives to give us precious memories and joy. Merry Christmas Jeanne! Have a blessed day! 🙂
Jessica BrodiePosted at 13:26h, 10 December
How sweet and touching! Your Mama sounds like a precious soul. Those pins! So cute!
mimionlifePosted at 13:32h, 10 December
Thank you Jessica. Mama was a precious soul. I was blessed with a wonderful Mama and Daddy. Have a blessed Christmas! 🙂
Diana DerringerPosted at 16:07h, 10 December
What a precious story.
mimionlifePosted at 16:33h, 10 December
Thank you Diana. Have a blessed week! Merry Christmas! 🙂
Janice D. GreenPosted at 18:11h, 10 December
What a sweet way to remember your mama at Christmas. Precious!
mimionlifePosted at 18:28h, 10 December
Thank you Janice. She was a very special lady. Have a blessed week! Merry Christmas! 🙂
colarnoldPosted at 00:47h, 11 December
What a beautiful way to keep your Mama close to your heart at Christmas. Merry, Blessed Christmas to you and your family.
mimionlifePosted at 00:49h, 11 December
Thank you. Merry Christmas to you and your family, too! Have a blessed week! 🙂
KarenPosted at 06:55h, 11 December
Mimi, I love this! Such a sweet reminder of your Mama. I remember when every lady wore a Christmas pin through the holidays. I don’t have any Christmas pins, but I do have a lovely pin my former sister-in-law gave me one Christmas. She recently passed away, and I’ve been thinking about that gift. Isn’t it wonderful how something so small can bring us joy as we remember its giver? Wishing you a very merry Christmas, sweet friend! xoxo
mimionlifePosted at 13:23h, 11 December
Thank you Karen. Yes, I’m glad God gives us special ways to remember people. Have a blessed day! Merry Christmas! 🙂
Lynn J SimpsonPosted at 18:56h, 12 December
How wonderful! I don’t wear pins, however remember my mother’s and my grandmother’s pins and how I always loved to go through their jewelry boxes to look at them!
mimionlifePosted at 19:00h, 12 December
How sweet that you could look through their jewelry boxes! Precious memories! Have a blessed day! Merry Christmas! 🙂
Lee Ann ManciniPosted at 23:06h, 12 December
What a lovely story, brought tears to my eyes! I only have a few pins of my mothers that I treasure!
mimionlifePosted at 14:53h, 14 December
Thank you. Precious memories. I am thankful to have Mama’s Christmas pins. Have a blessed day! Merry Christmas! 🙂
dscales24Posted at 16:06h, 23 December
Melissa, this post made me cry. I lost my Mama on November 13, 2016. Four years I have been without her, but I handle her keepsakes lovingly, just as you and your sisters handled your mother’s things. God blessed us with good mothers. Is there any greater earthly blessing?
mimionlifePosted at 23:15h, 25 December
Thank you for sharing about your Mama. I can feel the love in your words. I am thankful God blessed us with good mothers. Have a blessed day! Merry Christmas! 🙂