Wednesday, December 16, 2015

The Silver Crosses

In 1971, my mother bought a sterling silver Christmas cross.  It was the premiere of a new series by Reed & Barton, an authentic reproduction of a cross designed by Gallicus in Prague in the 16th century. 
Galicia cross -- the first of the series
My mother loved that little cross.  It came wrapped in a velvet bag, with a brochure outlining the history of the design. It was elegant, historical and it looked great on the Christmas tree.

Every year, she ordered the new edition of the cross.  We were always excited to see the beautiful new designs, and to read about their origins.  In time she had so many that she hung them on their own small Christmas tree.  

When mom died, my brother Andrew and I decided to split up the crosses.  Mom had 32 at the time.  We agreed that I would take the crosses from the odd numbered years and Andrew would take the crosses from the even numbered years.  And that we would each continue the collections, me the odds, Andrew the evens.

I cherish my little tree full of crosses.  Every year, I take all of the ornaments out of their little bags, polish those that need polishing, read some of the history, and hang them on the small tree I bought just for them.  It's one of the Christmas rituals I truly enjoy, and I always am flooded by memories of Christmas with my mother.
 Some of my favorite pieces:
2009
2013 
2005
1973 
1975
Every year, I arrange and rearrange the crosses.  And when I am finally happy with them, I put the tree on a table in the dining room.
Christmas is a time for memories.  And this little tree holds some of my favorites.

4 comments:

Jay said...

That is just beautiful!! You will cherish the crosses and their memory for many years to come!

Stephanie Forsyth said...

What a sweet way to keep your Mom part of Christmas! I've never heard of these crosses, they are beautiful.

Stitchwhiz said...

Having the memories and traditions is one of the best things about Christmas, isn't it? One of my oldest pieces of jewelry is a bracelet that I wear all through the month of December. It's silver from the silver city of Taxco Mexico. My parents gave it to me for Christmas the year they traveled there. I was about 12 or 13. The band is a string of holly leaves with bell/ringer charms attached all around. It's a very sentimental thing as I can see your Mother's crosses are.

Norma Schlager said...

My late husband used to give me a silver ornament every Christmas. I do have a lot of them, altho they are not all the same. I have a lot of jingle bells, several regular bells (some of them are music boxes), some angels, some crosses and some snowflakes. That was what decided my doing an all silver, white and gold tree. I mix the silver ornaments with other ornaments and I think it is very elegant.
The year my husband died, he gave me a Swarvosky Crystal snowflake. I thought that I would buy and new one each year, but decided to have just that one and make it more special. My husband loved Christmas and my tree is a tribute to him.

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