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Cancelling A Tradition

Posted by terrepruitt on April 4, 2015

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I know this is silly, but . . . . since I brought it up a few years ago, I thought I might as well do a follow up.  Plus, if you have seen any of my pictures at Christmastime you have seen my Lenox ornaments.  They are so pretty and sparkly I always take photos of them and I always share.  So, you are familiar with my love of them.  Sigh.

Handcrafted really is not a good selling point unless the quality of it is good.  And, the boxes say, “American By Design”.  Means nothing, especially when the quality is bad.

When I think about cancelling, I don’t want to.  I still want to receive my pretty ornament each year.  But then when I think about the dread and the quality I have been receiving . . . I just gotta do it.

Perhaps there is another collector type of ornament I can collect?  Do you have anything you collect?

4 Responses to “Cancelling A Tradition”

  1. sonja said

    Good for you to send the company such a well described reason for cancellation. It will help them improve, or help push them toward closing the business. I wonder after you sent that letter, did you receive a response, a concession, heck a condolence? Anyway, well said, and I agree, when traditions lack their luster, we need to consider retiring them. Make room for new and exciting things because to you, the decoration process is like a gift you give yourself. It is a joy, so keep it a joy and find the next classy ornament shoppe that meets your needs!


    • sonja said

      Oh, I thought of one more thing. As you decide on your new tradition for ornaments…maybe decide that it should remain in a theme rather than one company’s products. Here are some thoughts. All present box ornaments, all Wooden ornaments, all glass and handblown ornaments, all blue ornaments, all bird ornaments, all fruit, ideas like those can separate what you had before with Lenox, many were white, and many were snowflakes.


      • Yes, themes can be a good idea. But you do know how crazy eclectic our trees are. I like the variety AND, if you look, you will see I KIND OF do already some themes. I have A LOT of snowflakes, stars, hearts, and reindeer. There is something else that I have a lot of, but I can’t remem–oh, angels! I like the “style”/”kind” theme you suggested: all glass or wooden or something like that. Because then the shapes can be varied. You know the real theme is CHRISTMAS TREE ORNAMENTS. Ha, ha, ha, ha! I collect ornaments – ANY and ALL kind!

        Thanks again, Sonja!


    • I did not receive any response to my first letter, and this one here is on it’s way.

      You are so correct!!!!!!! That is sooo true! The decorating process IS my gift to me! Thank you so much for understanding and stating it so perfectly! Dang! I should have included that bit in my post! Thank you!


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