If you have ever entered the home of an Orthodox Christian, you have probably noticed that they have icons hanging in most rooms of their home. This past week, Father John was able to hang up two small corner shelves in the children's bedrooms that we found at Home Depot (for less than $8 each). The little ones were thrilled about this because they had been using their windowsills for their icons and having a corner shelf in their bedroom like the one we use for our family icon corner in Father John's office seems much more special! We allowed the little ones to choose icons that they liked from our collection, picked flowers for small vases, and bought battery operated votive candles for them to light at night. Father John hung the shelves relatively low to the ground, but the older two children still have to stand on a small stool to reach them. We did this for two reasons: first, the children are growing and we didn't want to have to move the icon corner up too quickly and secondly, we want the children to realize that icons are not toys and should be treated respectfully.
About four years ago, I blogged about putting icons low to the ground for little ones to venerate. We had used blue poster putty for the job and we had such a hard time getting it off of the walls of the house that we were renting. These small shelves seem like they will be much better! I still dream about my husband making a tiny icon stand for our little ones! Maybe someday!