a Taj MuttHall Dog Diary: Christmas Paper Chain and Other Memories

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Christmas Paper Chain and Other Memories

SUMMARY: Red and green paper chain
Back at Christmas, I read a story online in which the protagonist makes and hangs a long paper chain made of green and red paper. Instantly it transported me--

Red and green paper chain! When I was young--maybe fifth grade, I made a short paper chain from red and green construction paper. Maybe at school? I used Elmers glue; I don’t think there were glue sticks back then.  One green, one red, repeat. But, inspired because the chain wasn't quite long enough, the next Christmas I doubled its length. 

Then, every year for probably eight years, I added more, MORE, MORE, until it could run all the way around my parents' living room and hallway and around the tree! I didn’t add to it after I went off to college, but I still hung it up every year. 

It needed a larger and larger box every year to store it for next time.

Eventually it fell apart--Christmas lives forever, but no so paper chains – – such good loyal paper rings, bringing a festive feeling to everything. 

Note: I talk about the chain in this old family xmas page, too, under "Poughkeepsie."

Also in this photo (by Dad):
๐Ÿ’š Mom! How young she looks!
๐Ÿ”ด The Little Drummer Boy album (behind the wing-back chair): always there!
๐Ÿ’š Painting (print) of three girls reading--was Dad's parents and
they had it because it reminded them of me and my sisters.
๐Ÿ”ด Advent calendar! On wall next to that. I'd forgotten about it!
๐Ÿ’š Old family clock and I don't remember its origin (but now a sister has it)
๐Ÿ”ด Mom's mug-collection cabinet (over Little Drummer Boy). She didn't really "collect" mugs--she had had a few favorites-- but we kept giving her interesting ones.
๐Ÿ’š Below Drummer Boy, a purple hippo in a blue tutu! I think
  I made that for someone as a gift that year--I'll have to ask--there's a story there, too.
๐Ÿ”ด Books. Of course. Everywhere in the house.


  1. I remember making paper chains. And the smell of Elmers glue. I don't think we kept any thought.

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    2. Construction paper doesn't really fold or bend happily, so keeping those chains is just asking for repairs the next time around. I did a lot of that, too.