Antique Christmas Decoration
Christmas is always a time to look forward to in any household. But what makes it all the more exciting in our household is
the fact that the entire family comes together to put up the Christmas decorations. This has been a time honored tradition in
our family from the past several years. In fact, I still can’t recall how or when it started, but it all probably came into
being the day my grand father walked into the house with a mysterious gift box wrapped under his arm.
I was just a kid then, but naturally I was curious. So as he came into the house and proceeded to recline on his couch, we
all (namely, my sister, brothers and assorted cousins) gathered around him to see what he had brought home. We were all
secretly hoping that it was some candy, for grand father had a knack for sourcing the most amazing candy! But then, he was a
man full of surprises and one could never be sure what he had come home with.
Grand father saw the twinkle in all our eyes and slowly (almost laboriously) opened the box to reveal – you would never guess
– an antique Christmas decoration! What attraction an antique Christmas decoration could hold for a ten year old is beyond my
comprehension even today, but to be honest, I was enthralled. Just seeing that antique Christmas decoration (don’t ask me how
I knew that it was an antique Christmas decoration; my grand father told me!) made my little face light up with joy. Grand
father then slowly proceeded to explain the story behind the antique Christmas decoration.
He told us how a humble pheasant in rural Russia had lovingly carved up a piece of walnut wood to make the shape of the
antique Christmas decoration. He then imaginatively led us through the various things the pheasant must have done to create
each of the unique features of the decoration till it took its beautiful shape and size. He also narrated to us how the antique Christmas decoration must have lain in some musty old attic till
it was discovered by some shrewd relative or junk collector, who, having recognized its true value, must have sold it to the
antique dealer from whence my grandfather bought it.
Even today, as we all gather around Christmas time to decorate the tree in our living room, we take great pride in the first
of all antique Christmas decorations our grand father procured for us. Ever since we could afford it, one or the other of us
has taken turns to buy some or the other antique Christmas decoration for the tree. But even now, the pride of place, the top
belongs to the antique Christmas decoration – a beautiful walnut star – that grandfather bought.
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