Ahh, Bucilla. The cornerstone of all our Christmas aesthetic. Where would we be without their felt-and-sequin ornaments? All of our childhood memories of decorating Christmas trees revolve around hanging up the ones that Boomer stitched either before we were born or while we were still young. Our memories of our tween years’ Christmases revolve around raiding the boxes of old Bucilla kits stockpiled in the attic and following in Boomer’s footsteps to make our own ornaments. I don’t even have the words to describe the swirl of happy nostalgia that comes with running my fingers over the little glass beads that hold the sequins in place, or the way colored Christmas lights reflect off the metallic sequins with their overlaying beads, or thinking about carefully following the lines printed on the felt as I stabbed through with those sharp, sharp needles as I sat cross-legged on the shag carpet in my 12-year-old self’s bedroom while making the ornaments in July. Nope, Bucilla ornaments are where it starts and ends for us. They are the alpha and omega of a Maple Hoo Christmas.
They still make Bucilla ornament kits, of course, but they’re not old school. They beads are color-coordinated to the sequins, instead of all of them being either clear or black. The designs are less theme-y, and are instead things like Christmas mice, or elves, or — heaven forbid — licensed Mikey Mouses. *Shudder* No, the Bucilla we believe in is all about a story set, like this Tin Woodsman who goes with a Wizard of Oz theme, or the Little Red Riding Hood and Big Bad Wolf that the two of us stitched ourselves. Most of the ornaments we have left are missing their compatriots, or maybe never had them, but isn’t that the way a Christmas tree is supposed to be? Covered with figures that make up just about a quarter of what should have been a matching set?
Of course, not all of them are well-known characters. One orphaned ornament that’s been around as long as we have is this reindeer:
As long as he’s smiling at us with that jaunty green bow and not a single other member of his team in sight, we know it’s truly Maple Hoo Christmas.
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