Here is a picture of my favorite decoration. It was my Grandmother Antonides. She made it in the ceramic class that everyone's grandmother was required to take in the late 1960s. (Speaking of which, I still want the popcorn bowl set she made in the class. It's among the missing from my parent's move from my childhood home.)
My Grandmother's Christmas Tree
My grandmother made three trees. One for my mom, one for my aunt, and one for herself. Good thing, too. There are three Antonides grandchildren; one for each of us.
I inherited the one she made for herself. Unfortunately, it needed more than just a spit-n-polish cleaning. The base was shattered.
CJ, my hero, spent hours with a bottle of Krazy Glue and put it all back together. I had a new plug and light bulb base put in so that it wouldn't catch fire.
Note the cracks running through the base and the small hole near the light bulb.
Fully restored, ready to be Elizabeth's favorite decoration someday.