Trimming the Tree

Ah, what a wonderful weekend.  Saturday dawned cold and snow soon began to fall, slowly blanketing the neighborhood with a pristine white.  It was a perfect day to trim the tree.  The children were absolutely delighted with the Frazier Fir my Honey and I chose.  They could hardly wait to get started.  It took me over an hour to get all the ornaments ready to deck the tree.  In the meantime, my Honey went to pick up his momma so she could join in the fun. 

My Honey and I have a long standing tradition for decorating the tree.  The very first ornament to go on the tree is an old gold tinsel wired “I love you” that he fashioned for me way back in 1983 when I had my first tree in my own apartment.  I saved it; and, we use it every year.  I keep it because it’s a symbol of the enduring quality of our love. 

Next we jump ahead to 1986, the year we were married.  We have two “First Christmas Together” ornaments.  The first was given to us by Lowell’s momma, a little ceramic box with a boy & girl in it, from Precious Moments.  The second is a glass ball from Hallmark.  It’s always so heartwarming to hang those on the tree knowing we have such a lot of history together. 

Then, year by year we add our yearly ornament.  The children simply observe with growing anticipation as we near the years of their births.  They each also have a yearly ornament to add to the tree.   If they want to help before we get to their birth years, we just tell them, “You’re not born yet!”

Finally, we reach the current year.  Each child then unwraps their first gift of the season, their new ornament.  They are always so thankful and blessed by their new ornaments.  I love it.  They love it.  Honey loves it. 

Best of all,  as we go through each year, we talk about some of the things that happened that year.  It’s a great way to remember some of our family history. 

Build some new traditions this year; but, keep the ones that bring you and your family joy. 

May God bless you!

Merry Christmas!


Happy at Home

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