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Today I’ll show you a few Christmas ornaments that I really do not like. I think they are Christmas ornaments, but maybe they are not.
On this log wall, there is a clock that measures time loudly and chimes every even hour and half an hour. We sleep upstairs, this clock is downstairs thus it does not keep us awake. It has never bothered me, because I grew up listening to it. It has always been in this house. Sometimes when I listen to the pounding, it brings back my childhood, very much the same way when certain smells remind you of something or tastes wake up strong images of the past. Think about it, I have listened to this same sound in this same room since I was a child… I don’t know just how it makes me feel… it is little odd, maybe… little scary, I am not sure if it is good or bad. I decide here and now that it is good, I mean, too late to think otherwise! We had the clock serviced few years ago, the room felt empty, because this steady hammering belongs to this room. I doubt that I am very much attached to it, more like I am accustomed to it.
But the ornaments you say…
They are hidden inside the clock. I am not certain how they have come to us, I believe they have been in my husband’s grandparents’ house or his aunt’s house, and I wonder if he remembers seeing them there. We have never discussed of the ornaments. I have not dared to share my dislike of them with him. I am not usually this considerate, and don’t seem to have any problem revealing him the truth, even when I know he does not want to hear it, but Christmas ornaments hold a special place in my heart and I have been afraid that this is true with him also. Come to think of it, I have known him more than 34 years now and during these 34 years he has never shown any interest in Christmas ornaments. But, there were few years before these recent 34 and maybe he was interested in ornaments then. Maybe he grew up with these ornaments like I grew up with this clock. We really need to sit down to talk about this.
I have thought that I have hidden them away, but maybe he has always appreciated me of keeping them dust free behind this glass door. I sincerely hope they are not a family heirloom and you will understand me once you have seen them. (I am afraid they are special, because one of them was broken at some point and someone has lovingly glued it together. It does not look like this someone has sighed with relief seeing the gnome cracked and tossed it away being grateful that the universe has saved him/her of the reason to keep it.)
This elf or gnome has a gun, and his expression is mean. Totally bizarre. Anyway, to be able to tolerate his behavior, and truth to be told the only reason he can live amongst the ornaments is the reason that I have always thought that it is a hunting weapon. Honestly, it does not look like one. It is probably illegal. Even if I refuse to consider anything else but hunting weapons, it is still disturbing. One should not be waving guns around Christmas time. He stands behind the chime bars.
The other elf or gnome has startled or stoned expression on his face and it looks like he is either eating something or he has a pipe in his left hand. Or then, and this is a troublesome thought, he is afraid of the gun man and covers his mouth because he is terrified. Think about the tension inside the clock. I bet the loud hammering covers all the hostility that must be going on, or maybe this clock is the reason for this all. The strong beat might be driving them crazy.
The third guy, he is on his knees. Is he hitting the pig? Or even worse? Sadly, many pigs end up on plates, especially around Christmas time, but can this be happening here? I have looked and looked at the little grey guy, and I cannot tell. The more I think about this, the more I feel that I must rescue the pig; he could have so much better life somewhere else.
When they came to us, I put them inside the clock and I have never taken them out, I don’t want to touch them too much. They stand there all the year round, I see them every time I wind up this clock, which is once a week, totaling in 52 times a year.
Now I have two questions… no, I have three. Are these really Christmas ornaments? When and where were they manufactured (there is no "Made in" -label)? And the third one, to which I cannot find an answer is, what was their route before they ended up being trapped in my loud clock?
I wound up the clock since it is Saturday. The clock will chime in a few minutes that it is half past eight in the morning. It is accurate today, since I have moved the handles. It is usually slow, getting close to 10 minutes behind when it is time to wind up again. It is not black dark outside any more, the color is dark blue, the sun rises at 1018 today and sets again at 1350 (0150pm). The temperature is -3ºC (26F), with the wind factor it is -8ºC (18F), which makes lovely, mild weather for a pleasant walk with the dogs.
Hope you have a good Saturday,
Wool with you,