Oh Christmas tree, Oh Christmas tree…. I love all things Christmas- the music, the sweets, the trees, the lights, the cold, Santa, movies, if its anything Christmas I love it! One of my most favorite things to do with my family is decorate our tree.
Somewhere along the way it became an “event”. Each year since birth, each of my children receive a new ornament. I always try to find an ornament that represents something of meaning to them during that year- a favorite toy, maybe a special trip they went on, a favorite activity or occasion, or even their favorite after school snack. One year Michael got an ice cream cone ornament because, I kid you not, he ate ice cream every single day after school! The senior year of high school has become the “Santa” ornament year because after 18 years, I just was out of ideas when Devin was a senior. So the tree goes up and as a family we gather. Each child has their box of ornaments and they take turns putting them on -one by one- it takes a while.
There is, on occasion, a teenager who would rather "be done already", but we make it fun and it's not optional.
I love to sit back and watch- it just fills my heart with joy. I love having all my kids in one place together. But this year in particular- the tree is more cherished than ever. I get teary-eyed thinking about it. I realized as I looked at my tree that it tells a story- the story of the last 23 years of our lives. From the “Our First Christmas” ornament after we were married to the sweet ones that belonged to my grandparents that are now with Jesus to the cute ones my neighbor painted in memory of the pets we loved and lost, and all things in between it tells the story that God has written into this family. I am blessed beyond words with my husband and kids and our tree represents years of love and joy and trials and pain, but it’s all beautiful. Gods grace and mercy toward me are amazing and I am forever grateful that he didn’t give me what I deserved; he gave me the gift of his son. Although holidays look different as our kids get older, and this is the last year my oldest child’s ornaments will hang on this tree, it symbolizes a new beginning in our family as we add a daughter next spring. My Christmas tree represents the life of my family- and God’s Christmas tree- first shaped as a manger and then a cross-represents the life everlasting through Christ!
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