One day in November 2023, I received a box in the mail, and inside was an amazing advent calendar made up of small boxes, all numbered 1-25. Of course, I recognized it was a calendar, but each had a funny sound that rattled a bit! Could it be buttons? Who was it from? Why me?
Honestly, I cheated immediately and opened #1 - and sure enough, there was a tiny wrapped button! Then I investigated the name, and it was Ruth Battams MacNeil. Ruth is the daughter of one of my dearest Gananoque, ON, friends. My friend died a few years ago, and I had no idea that her daughter, Ruth, liked buttons and, better still, was now a real collector!
But my friends, it was early November, and I had to wait until December 2 to open the second box. My husband says he is proud of me as I did not cheat! Now, each morning of this Christmas Season, 2023, I rush downstairs at dawn to open my next box. I will keep you posted with photographs of my new buttons.
May every Ottawa Valley Button Club member have a lovely Christmas season. Thanks to our new member, Ruth, for her thoughtfulness and creative gift.