Friday, December 01, 2006

December 5th

Christmas Countdown #5

This is another ornament that we acquired on a vacation. Back in the early 80s, we were in love with skiing. We lived in the Catskill Mountains of New York, and there were some decent slopes within an hour drive.

But then we discovered Killington, Vermont. I think we went there four years in a row. Just for a long weekend. And we took along a bunch of friends. We would rent a condo (or two) right at the base of the mountain. We would take lots of food, and drink, and other stuff.... it would be one long party. And the skiing was the best.

This ornament is one of my favorites. It is a handpainted, fired clay bell. Very pretty. And every time I unpack it, I think of the New York gang waking up to get to the slopes on a cold winter morning after a long night of partying.... Good times.

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