On our tree hangs a sparkly, red elephant.
I forget exactly where we found this ornament, but we knew immediately we needed to buy it. The reason is that Michael's Mom collects elephants. In her home are display cabinets filled with all sizes and types of elephants. Whenever Michael sees one, he thinks of his Mom.
My mother-in-law, Ninfa Cich, is a hard-working woman. She is an immigrant from the Philippines who has often worked three jobs at a time while also running the family business back home. She has used her money to put all of her nieces and nephews through college and to otherwise support the family back home. Despite all this hard work and surviving cancer, she is still petite and beautiful in her mid-60's.
Michael decided when our niece Zoe was born that she would also be into elephants. Every year we've gotten her some sort of elephant-themed gift. This year it was a comforter and sheet set with pink elephants on it (along with yet another stuffed elephant).
So, every December, as we admire our tree, the red elephant reminds us of Michael's Mom.