Sometimes the ugliest ornaments are the best

Putting up the Christmas tree….with each passing year it has become a chore that I dread, but this year for some reason it became a time of reflection and just a few tears. Perhaps it’s because I lost a dear friend this year which shook my world and gave me a glimpse of my own mortality, but I found myself taking my time as I gingerly unwrapped each treasured ornament.  With each ornament I took out of the box, a memory came floating out with it.

Ornaments passed down from my mom as I remember her and I decorating the tree together. There’s the shiny green ornament with “dad” spelled out in glitter that I made when I was 5.  Mom and dad, neither one of them are here any more, but their memories …and their ornaments filled my livingroom.

Then I unwrap the most beautiful ornaments of all.  Oh…they’re not beautiful to anyone but me, I guarantee that.  They’ve been glued back together almost every year for the past 29 years and every year, they take front and center on our tree.  Every year, I unwrap my daughters’ 2 precious handprints and glue a finger back on which always seems to bring a tear to my eyes.  If only I could mend all their hurts this easily.

Christmas hands

My little girls….now 33 and 31.  One engaged to be married and the other married with 3 children of her own.

Life happens and it seems to be passing faster each year.  Didn’t I just pack up these ornaments?

It seems in the blink of an eye, from one Christmas to the next, our lives change and sometimes we all need a little glue to keep going.  But it’s the memories we carry with us and the lives we touch that really hold us all together.

So, just for today my daughters’ hands are no bigger than their handprint that has been glued yet again and I feel both of them here with me while we wait for the glue to dry.  Mom and dad are here too and in that moment I’m 5 again.

How is it possible to be a mom and a 5 year old at the same time?  I don’t know but it happens tonight for just a few minutes in the quiet and glow from the lights of the tree, we all sit together surrounded by our love and everything is right with the world.

About The Amy Jones Group

Mindy Jones Nevarez is the owner of Amy Jones Group Keller Williams Integrity First. The Amy Jones Real Estate Group has been recognized as the #1 Real Estate Team in Chandler by the Phoenix Business Journal and voted Best of Our Valley for 4 years.

The Amy Jones Group specializes in real estate in Chandler, Sun Lakes, Gilbert, Mesa, Tempe, Ahwatukee, and Phoenix.


  1. Just want to say, The soft side of Amy Jones matches the softness of her picture in the blue sweater. Your words in the above paragraghs bring memories back to me also. You are very descriptive and a talented writer.
    Karita Lourene 10425 E Champagne Dr. in Ironwood, Sun Lakes.

    By the way, I didn’t know we are neighbors.

  2. Thanks so much Lourene. Yes ~ We are neighbors. So nice to meet you! Have a very blessed Christmas~