Do you like decorating your Christmas tree? It’s a trip through time for me. I’m always reminded all the way back to our first Christmas as newlyweds. The tree was tiny and looked much like it belonged to Charlie Brown. My sister-in-law felt sorry for us and brought over some spare lights and ornaments. Then the tree looked pretty good…as long as you didn’t look at the back side. Sparse is the word that sticks in my mind.
The next couple years I made it my goal to get more ornaments. If it was on sale after Christmas I snatched it up. If there was 100 in the box I was even faster putting it in the basket. Everything was unbreakable; first there was the dog, then kids. The tree was always pretty but I thought it was lacking something.
Over the years, I’ve figured out what that something is. First, I thought it missing a theme. You see the beautiful trees in the magazines all decked out with lights, ornaments, bows and ribbons all one color. Or the ones with all one style of decorations; Western was always popular around here. I remember one year telling the family our tree would have only red and white decorations. It sounded good. But when I opened my box of ornaments I saw the truth.
|A bell? A manger? I don’t remember but it was made by a very young Matthew.|
And I realized every ornament on my tree told a bit of our story. What our tree was missing at first was life. Today it is filled with our past and present; dreams of children; places we’ve travelled; and we’re reminded of special people who gave us unique ornaments. Why don’t you join me as I decorate the tree this year?
|Riding the trolley in San Francisco…just like in the movies.|
|It’s Santa on a seashell! From my sister at the beach
in very patriotic NC!
|Yep, our tree may not be pictured on the cover of a magazine but it sure is beautiful!|