I have a confession…I’m one of those people who will quite happily sit and watch those infomercials featuring the ‘Soft Rock Hits of the 60’s and 70’s’. I am a total sucker for The Carpenters and Barry Manilow, John Denver and even a little Captain and Tennille thrown in for good measure.
But, there is one song, one particular song, that will completely undo me each time. As in, turn me into a blubbery, weepy mess.
Somehow, Jim Croce managed to capture exactly how I feel about the passage of time and my desire to just make it freeze for a moment.
If I could save time in a bottle
The first thing that I’d like to do
Is to save every day till eternity passes away
Just to spend them with you
If I could make days last forever
If words could make wishes come true
I’d save every day like a treasure and then
Again, I would spend them with you.
At no other time of the year am I more aware of the passage of time than at Christmas. It’s almost like it becomes a mini time capsule of our lives and I find myself tearing up at the most random times. Just ask my kids who have found themselves rolling their eyes and saying “Mooommmm…are you crying again?!” and then I say, “But look at your little handprint on that paper ornament!”
Don’t get me wrong, there are a whole lot of ‘times’ that I do not want placed in a bottle. Like last week when I was fairly sure that my children were just out to wear me down until I waved the white flag and let them become the raggamuffins I know they really would like to be.
But, there are sooooooo many times, so many moments that I would love to just bottle up. And I think that is why I am determined to incorporate as much of my children’s growing up years into our Christmas decor.
So, this year, I took my sentimentality all the way to the top…of the Christmas tree that is!
I picked up 4 photo frames from Michael’s, 4 small hinges and turned to my favorite new paint, Americana Decor Chalky Finish. I knew that I wanted to go with something fairly neutral so I chose the colors ‘Whisper’ and ‘Timeless’.
I began by marking the spaces where the hinges would be attached.
Then I drilled the holes and attached the hinges to the frames.
I worked my way around until they formed a box. Just a heads up that the last frame will be a tad tricky and will require some contorting of your arms and hands to get it attached! 😉
Next, I put photos in each frame, using both recent and older photos of my kiddos. You could have fun with this and even do photos of your favorite Christmas moments throughout the years!
I alternated the colors on the frames with 2 of them painted in the American Chalky Finish ‘Timeless’.
And the other two painted in ‘Whisper’.
In the song ‘Time in a Bottle’ the line ‘but there never seems to be enough time to do the things you want to do, once you find them’ always stands out to me.
Because, there really doesn’t ever seem to be enough time! I feel like I have this constant voice in the back of my head whispering ‘slow down, slow down, slow down’.
And maybe that’s why at Christmas, the thing I most look forward to are those sweet, fairly uneventful moments. The ones where we’re just all hanging out together with no where to be and no expectations other than to just relax and enjoy our time together.
Those are the ‘times’ I most want to bottle up!
Actually, what I really want to do is just bottle up my kids and put the cork on top and keep them little forever. But, alas, somehow I think that they won’t really go for that idea. 😉
So, I’ll cry over their little paper ornaments and make photo box tree toppers and on those days when they are still willing to hold my hand I will remember to look down and stare at how theirs fits into mine and emblaze it on my mind.
And as they get older, I will celebrate and marvel at the wonderful humans they are becoming. I will realize that time captured in a bottle might sound good in theory, but in reality, I don’t want that. I want to be in THIS time. In THIS moment. Not looking too far back or too far ahead. Just being in the right here and now. Because it’s the sweetest time of all!
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