Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Angels and Unicorns

I want to share one of my Christmas trees with you.  It's a little tree with some of my favorite ornaments.  They're all either unicorns or angels.  Both mythical creatures.  Both special to me.

At one point in my life, I had a huge unicorn collection (Unicorn ornaments and unicorn pictures - not the real thing, in case you are confused.  Or delusional.)  Over the years, many have broken and have been thrown away.  You know unicorns are fragile with that horn sticking out of their heads.  And, once a unicorn loses it's horn it just becomes a horse.  I have no interest in collecting horses.

My unicorn collection began with a story that I didn't share with people for years.  When I was 18, I had a boyfriend who was frustrated because I wouldn't have sex with him.  (He would have been REALLY frustrated if he'd stuck around because it was five more years because I had sex with anybody.)  For Christmas, he gave me a unicorn ornament and said I was "as rare as a unicorn".   I felt like he was making fun of me.  The gift ended our relationship but begin my collection. 

That was 1973.  Unicorn knick-knacks were not popular.  Owls were the big thing back then.  Finding anything with a unicorn on it was a rare occurrence.

So that became my "thing".  Other people started giving me unicorns - Christmas ornaments, knick-knacks, jewelry, pictures, stationary, calendars, books, cards, stuffed animals, etc.

Unicorns became so popular that my collection started looking like an obsession.  And I wasn't even buying them for myself!

When I moved from Lubbock and married in 1982, people quit giving me unicorns.

And it was years and years before I told anyone about how the collection started!

The angel collection started in 1991 after the death of my mama.  A few days after her death, I dreamed I was decorating my Christmas tree and all the ornaments were angels.  In my dream, they were my mom's angel ornaments that had been left to me.  My mama didn't collect angel ornaments in real life but I still loved the symbolism of that dream.  I started buying angel ornaments to fulfill my actual dream.

In the process, I started collecting angels in general.  Especially pictures of the guardian angel and two children.  You probably know the famous one~~~

But there are sooo many more!  Here's my favorite~~~
And I have them all.

So now, my house is full of angels - pictures, Christmas ornaments, jewelry, statues, knick-knacks, candles, dishes, stationary, cards, wind chimes...........

I love my angel collection and what's left of my unicorn collection.   Both of them have such special meaning to me.

And I want to share some of them with you...
 Horn made of shell.

 Made of paper.

Lion angel.

Angel bear.

One of my favorites.

Baby unicorn in a walnut shell.

Angel made by my dear friend, Carol Turner, the Christmas after my mom died.

Today, with the anxiety I feel about my children, I need to focus on the guardian angel pictures.  I know the guardian angel will protect them from any trains coming.  But what is that in Nina's basket and why is Tyler wearing that silly hat?

Jenn "Always be yourself.  Unless you can be a unicorn.  Then always be a unicorn." Neil

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