Sweet Potato Ornament
Dimensions: 1.5 X 1.5 X 5 (HxLxW)
Item Number: #28126
When my great great grandfather brought his family to rural Texas in 1847, the family had plenty of traditions but no money for Christmas decorations (and probably nowhere to buy them). They made beeswax candles and boiled sweet potatoes to hang on the tree. These traditions have continued in my family ever since. When we found glass sweet potatoes available this year we switched to glass instead of boiled examples. From my first memories of Christmas until he was no longer physically able, our father cut a living cedar tree and set it up shortly before Christmas. It needed to be tall enough to touch the ceiling. The decorations included home-made hand-dipped beeswax candles and cooked sweet potatoes. My recollection is that there were usually several dozen candles and about half a dozen yams. The candles were only lit for an hour on Christmas Eve, while Daddy read the Christmas story to the family. We always had a bucket of water and a wet mop nearby to douse any small conflagrations. After we established our household, we continued the candles and sweet potatoes tradition on our tree. The trees transitioned to pine and then artificial and shorter, but the spirit remained the same.
Thank you so much for sharing such a cherished memory with us. We are all about traditions to cherish, and this is definitely one to cherish. What an honor to have our Sweet Potato ornament be a part of your ongoing tradition.