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A Solution to
Every year, we in the SCA go to events that make memories that last
a lifetime. Quite often, these events give you not only memories, but a site
token as proof of safe conduct past the Troll and as a little memento of the
day. For some events, this can be as simple as a bead on a piece of yarn. For
others, it can be intricately made pewter badges, or even stamped metal
For those that touch the heart, as either a reminder of the day’s
happenings or as an appreciation for the artist’s labor, many of us make a
promise to ourselves to keep the token, and to keep it somewhere nice. Sadly,
too often this well-intentioned thought goes by the wayside when we get home.
For many of us, we have no good way of displaying our tokens, and carrying them
all becomes problematic after a few events. So, into the drawer they go. Doomed
to become lost amidst the detritus of our lives, they become just one more thing
to try and keep track of, one more thing to lose.
There are those that take the care to keep a box for our tokens, on the
mantle or on the dresser. I applaud this extra step, but like the drawer, they
can all too soon become entangled with all the rest, slipping into a source of
mild annoyance if we think of them at all.
What is the solution? OK, bear with me while I run to the end of my
thought. My solution is to get out the small, table sized Christmas tree (or run
out and get one. They are rather inexpensive, especially after the holidays) and
decorate it with the site tokens. This can have multiple
As stated, a cute and
decorative way of displaying the tokens that moved you to begin with. In a
public place in your house, it can even be a method of conversation and stories:
“Where did you get this one?” “You were at Gulf/Lilies/Pennsic War this year?
How was it?” This becomes not only a great way of connecting and reconnecting
with your SCAdian family, but to help keep the stories and memories alive and
fresh in you.
You can use it to track
your progress of events through the year, and plan your resolutions for next
year. At the start of the SCA New Year (May 1st, in case you needed a
reminder), you can take the ones down that don’t strike enough of a memory or
art to keep them up, making room for the next year. Or they can be embellished
onto a tree skirt, if you’re in so inclined.
Widespread use of this can
be used to inspire others. Groups may try and rise to make a token that is
“tree-worthy” instead of an afterthought.
More artisans can be inspired to make or design site tokens for events,
knowing that they will be displayed and cherished.
Use of this will also
inspire recipients to look more closely at their tokens and mayhaps seek out the
makers, thereby increasing the visibility of our artisans and adding to their
It can also be a great way
of displaying duplicate or once you advance, your “lower” order medallions.
Honoring your past without trying to look like “THL Master
So, as you can see, even a silly little idea can work to have a
much greater impact to you and those around you. I hope you like this idea and
further hope that it inspires you in your life and
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