These birds called Karjalan käki, cuckoo of Carelia, are not that old, but the pattern is traditional. My parents made one of these to each of their children and grandchildren in 1990. They are all a little different, but my mother has written the names on all the birds so these three belong to the three of us still living here. I'm making a box for both of my elder children who now have their own homes, and in these boxes I will put their own Christmas ornaments they have been given since they were babies.
This is one of them, an angel my daughter Kaija got from my mother when she was 6. My mother had it from a school friend in the 20's. It used to be on the Christmas tree in our family when I was young. The angel is about 15 cm or 6 inches high.
This last item is a true treasure. I have been taking care of it for 24 years now, an it is time to hand it over to Kaija, who will be celebrating Christmas at her own home for the first time. She received this glass bulb from my mother at her first Christmas in 1984. It came in this box, padded with two lace-edged handkerchiefs from my great-aunt S, and a letter telling little Baby Kaija that the bulb is one of the original bulbs from my mother's childhood Christmas trees. It means the bulb is at least 92 years old this Christmas. It has always been my priviledge and duty to hang the cherished ornament in the tree; with shaky hands and careful not to break the fragile glass.