How do you trim your tree?
I thought it might be fun to learn how different people decorate or trim their trees.
Do you create a theme-oriented tree or do you use all different kinds of ornaments, keepsakes, etc.?
We trim an eclectic tree at our house. We have ornaments from different sources: ceramic ones my mom has made, ornaments that my daughter has made, and a few hand-me-downs from my growing up years. But there’s one new and very special ornament that I put on the tree every year.
My husband started a tradition with my daughter when she was very young that has remained a special time for them both. The two of them go Christmas shopping, and on that excursion, they buy a new Hallmark ornament each year especially for me to put on our family Christmas tree. This collection of ornaments are special to me. It’s not that this store-bought ornament has more meaning in itself than the hand-made ones or that it’s even more beautiful. The part about his new ornament each year that means so much to me is the fact that my husband started this special tradition with my daughter. It’s something they both look forward to every year.
They put their heads together and choose the ornament they like the best and want me to have. The time, effort, and love they put into this activity warms my heart. They even wrap it that very evening and give it to me to open and ceremoniously hang on the tree. More than the ornament itself, it’s the memory that means the most.
No matter how big or small your tree is, or how you trim it, may you cherish the memories behind each and every ornament you place on it.