Sunday, December 23, 2012

What's your ornament?

Each year, I pick out a new ornament for my boys...something that symbolizes something from the passing year...an event...an accomplishment...a new hobby...a milestone...a favorite...a trip.  This year one son got a grilled cheese sandwich ornament (yes...they exist) and the other, a suitcase.  This blog isn't the place for my reasons why...but every year it is fun to look back at the ornaments and reflect on all that is special about each child and the year as it comes to a close.

As I sit and stare at our tree today, I can't help but think of so many things--how lucky I am...how my boys are both safe...how we have so very many "things"...how it was actually tricky to select ornaments this year.

It got me thinking...what ornament would I pick for myself to symbolize this year?  A little computer to represent my new blogging venture?  A camera as I continue to work to refine my skills in that area?  A 3-ring binder to reflect all my "Common Core" documents?  A dove to symbolize the peace that I hope for in our schools and world?  It's hard to say...

I do know that it is important to reflect not just at the close of the year but all the time...to focus on how lucky we are are and how much we have.  I need to be better about appreciating all the good in my life--even when things seem beyond challenging.  As we move through the holidays, I wish all of you happiness, joy, and peace...may you reflect upon how lucky we are.  I'd love to hear...what ornament would best represent your year?  Let's see how creative you all are!  Let's see if we can get a bunch of people to post their ideas--let's inspire each other!

As technology connects those of us across the world, let's hope for peace, joy, and love for us.  Happy Holidays to all of you.

6 comments:

  1. My "personal" ornament would be a wedding bell, because I got married this year!

    My "teaching" ornament would probably have to be a computer, because my biggest change this year has been to create a classroom blog that's designed for my students, not their parents. While I'm sure I'm not the first person to think of doing this, I've never seen anyone do it before, so I feel like this has been a big deal. It's motivating for my students and it helps them with review at home, so I'm proud of it. :)

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    1. Congratulations on both and thanks for posting! You SHOULD be proud of it! :)

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  2. I have that exact same world ornament on my tree!! How cool is that?! AND I've bought my children ornaments every year too - or rather they've chosen their own special ornament each year. They kept them in a special box with a handwritten list (so we'd remember which ones were theirs) and put up their own ornaments every year. Last year my son got married and took his special ornaments with him - I have to say I miss the light-up Millenium Falcon on my tree now :) I don't know what I would get this year for me - maybe a 25 (it was our 25th wedding anniversary this year) maybe a little computer (cause I've learned SO much about technology this year) maybe an apple (as the quintessential teacher emblem to remind myself that teaching is worth it) and I like your dove idea - peace would be a wonderful thing to have in our world!
    Happy holidays, Meg. May it be a blessed time in your home this season :)
    Lynn

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    1. Thank you, Lynn! We must be long lost sisters! :) I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season...best of luck to both of us in 2013!

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  3. My ornament would be a gold eagle. I turned 50 this year and decided it would be my year to soar instead of thinking 50 is old. I have soaring new ideas in the classroom and a soaring attitude of being thankful for my awesome students and family.
    Amy's SMART Designs

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    1. Attitude is everything! Congratulations on turning 50--and for continuing to grow as an educator. The best are never satisfied! Thanks for commenting tonight...

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