Here’s one for you…
still have a tiny magic trinket box somewhere in my closet, reminding me that oftentimes wonder comes in small packages.
Magic…because it has a “hidden” compartment where I once squirreled away my two or three silver Kennedy half- dollars. (Even back then, in my Walter Mitty way, I vividly conjured scenes of a coming day – perhaps in the far off fantasy era of the new century 2000 — when I would reveal this treasure to a coin dealer and he would hand me over hundreds of dollars at their escalating worth!)
Trinket because it is a childhood souvenir of Disney’s Magic Kingdom and thus held invisible memories most of all.
There is nothing in it any more. Not sure where that silver slid away to…and somehow, the wooden veneer has lost luster. But thinking of it just now, I’m curious…
Did you ever keep a hidden treasure box? Collecting odds and bits – a mismatched earring, a piece of ribbon, a fancy button or a small empty perfume bottle? Wanting to hold on to wonder… like capturing fireflies in a bottle? To treasure them again… one by one, like opening little doors on Advent calendars and pulling out the mysteries anew?
Do you have one still?
Growing up, I think I always wanted to. I remember an old cigar box I loved in Kindergarten. But I only remember storing favorite crayon colors in it. And another little cedar chest with a golden latch… I used to take it out and breathe in the scent of it like a flower (it was a gift from an aunt) and kept small notes and bracelet charms inside.
As we begin to look towards Christmas, what if we thought of Advent as a treasure box to be opened throughout the season for one small savoring tidbit at a time? I’d like to put in some words and stories, maybe bits of poems or prayers, Christmas memories that hearten and hearken of the stable and the star. Then pull them out and place them in your hands to hold with me…
To invite you to link up your own posts of Advent treasure box pieces in my comments, or share a line or two there of a memory or a recent Christmas moment you hold special.
Or if you don’t have your own blog, maybe… to invite some guest posts here this month where you might share a small Christmas treasure story, poem, psalm or song with us all…
I’m not completely sure what this will look like till we start… but that’s the fun of opening Advent calendar treasure!
Are you in? 🙂
© Pam Depoyan
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