Christmas trees are like snowflakes
How are Christmas trees like snowflakes? No two are like.
I’ve seen some lovely trees this season, but have to admit, the one in my living room is the most beautiful of them all. I could spend hours just watching it. In fact, I do!
We’re sharing Christmas traditions this week and for me, decorating and enjoying the tree is tops.
Many people who live alone choose not to put up a tree, which is perfectly understandable. For me, though, my unique, story-telling tree is one of the favorite parts of the holiday. When the artificial evergreen is first set up, it looks impossibly bare. About midway through decorating, though, the tree begins to sparkle. Soon, it’s hard to find an empty branch to place another gold ball or crocheted snowflake.
Sipping a cup of tea, my eye travels the branches, taking in familiar decorations that are new all over this year. A few date back to my childhood days. Some are from the tiny tree my roommate and I had in our college dorm. Gifts from coworkers and friends remind me of times past and send me wishes of their love. Some from family members who are gone are priceless treasures I wouldn’t give up for the world.
Each year, I try to add one new ornament to the tree. It may be something special purchased on a trip or maybe just a trip to the discount mart. I found this year’s cookie theme ornament at the hardware store.
Even though I don’t have children, some precious handmade pieces grace my tree, made by kids in my Sunday school classes. Last week, my toddler class made decorations to take home. One boy glued his picture on sideways. I left it that way, knowing his sideways grin would be peaking out of the family Christmas tree for years to come, taking Mom and Dad back to these days.
I look at the tiny balls that I admired on our tree at the office. Nelda, our secretary, took them off the tree and gave them to me. These ornaments are a reminder that the spirit of Christmas is generosity – that we share with each other, that our Heavenly Father gave us in His son.
Our family celebration will be on Saturday, so I’m still enjoying my truly original tree all week.
We are so grateful for our readers here on the blog and hope you are each still enjoying the blessings of this season.