21: The Cookie Plate Christmas

21: The Cookie Plate Christmas

From Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Joy of Christmas

The Cookie Plate Christmas

When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.

~Author unknown

One Christmas, two years after my mother died, my sister gave my husband and me two place settings of Christmas china. Over the years, I added more pieces to my collection.

One year, when it was close to Christmas, I went shopping for more pieces of our Christmas china. What I really wanted was the cookie plate. I knew it was one piece I would really use. But when I saw that the price of that one plate was three hundred dollars I knew it would never be a possibility!

Arriving home, I had a message from my father to call him. He said that he had been going through a cedar chest and found something of my mother’s that I might like.

The next day, I went to my father’s to see what he had found. When I pulled my present out of the gift bag, I was speechless. It was the cookie plate that went with my Christmas china.

My father had not known I was collecting the Christmas china. He didn’t know I had been shopping for that piece the day before.

The cookie plate was the only piece of Christmas china my mother ever owned. Everyone in the family had forgotten about it.

So, even though my mother had been gone for a decade, I still received a wonderful gift from both of my parents. We always call this special Christmas the “Cookie Plate Christmas.”

~Katie Martin

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