The tongue-sticker ornament is a little wooden elf dressed in yellow and orange. He sat upon my Grammi’s tree as long as I can remember. Really he was a little German toy originally. When I was a little girl, Grammi would let me push the little button and make his tongue stick out. Other than this ornament, the tree was strictly off limits, filled with beautiful glass balls, hand made carved wooden ornaments, medallions, wooden snowflakes, and icicle shaped lights. Her tree was the most beautiful thing I could imagine growing up. Thinking about her tree reminds me of the feeling of Christmas. It was magic. No matter how many times I looked at the tree, I would find something I hadn’t seen before. Ornaments that rested nestled deep inside the branches as well as on the tips. The lights that sparkled made the tree glow golden at night against the blackened background of Pate’s desk and the hallway to their bedroom.
So, when Strawberry came to me and proclaimed she was the tongue-sticker ornament, I had to laugh.