|Katherine reads the enclosed note to Winona|
As an adult, my favorite holiday tradition is the Betsy-Tacy ornament exchange. Every year, the fans of Maud Hart Lovelace’s beloved Betsy-Tacy series, set in turn of the century Minnesota, participate in secret ornament exchange to honor a Christmas shopping expedition our heroines made in 1903 or so with their friend Winona Root:
There on a long table Christmas tree ornaments were set out for sale. There were boxes and boxes full of them, their colors mingling in bewildering iridescence. There were large fragile balls of vivid hues, there were gold and silver balls; there were tinsel angels, shining harps and trumpets, gleaming stars.
“Here,” said Betsy, “here we buy.”She looked at Winona, bright-eyed, and Winona looked from her to the resplendent table.“Nothing,” Tacy tried to explain, “is so much like Christmas as a Christmas-tree ornament.”“You get a lot for ten cents,” said Tib.
They gave themselves then with abandon to the sweet delight of choosing. It was almost pain to choose. Each fragile bauble was gayer, more enchanting than the last. And now they were not only choosing, they were buying. What each one chose she would take home; she would see it on the Christmas tree; she would see it year after year, if she were lucky and it did not break.
They walked around and around the table, touching softly with mitten hands.Betsy at last chose a large red ball. Tacy chose an angel. Tib chose a rosy Santa Claus. Winona chose a silver trumpet.They yielded their dimes . . . [t]hey walked to Ray’s Shoe Store, smiling, holding Christmas in their hands.
|Katherine received a vintage bicycle|
ornament on behalf of Winona Root
|In the past, the basketball came from Tib, a frog from|
Kalil, and Big Ben from Betsy's time in London
|Piano ornament - with rug!|
|Tess is a 2nd grade Betsy-Tacy fan|
Thanks to Nan of Letters from a Hill Farm - I read about this Advent tour on her charming blog.