Happy Christmas & What Not

December 25th, 2013, 11am

My mother always kept a ‘what not’ shelf, items chosen and displayed on the basis of some personal association or memory, bearing no relation to possible dollar value. I suppose the Jewish word tchotchki has now come into more general use. At our house, Paul and I keep a ‘what not’ shelf, to which every Christmas I add two, now pretty battered, Christmas choristers that were always a part of our family holiday decorations. I believe they came from my grandmother, who would have turned 117 this year. (She didn’t quite make her goal of living in three centuries.)

I have written another sketch that discloses my personal reflection on the keeping of clutter, enchanting perhaps to the collector, sometimes beguiling to others.

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David Wade Chambers

Born in Oklahoma: 30 years in US. 6 years in Canada, 40 years in Australia. Academic field: history and philosophy of science. Currently, teach indigenous studies online at Institute of American Indian Arts (Santa Fe, NM) and Brandon University (Manitoba). Come visit our B&B on Australia's Great Ocean Road. Mate's Rates for Hi community! (http://www.cimarron.com.au)

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