|My heart friend made me this. It speaks volumes.|
Once the kids grew up and had their own homes and their own Christmas trees, it just wasn't the same. I still said, though, that I would never have a 'fake' tree.
Then one year, I was in a thrift store and saw the cutest little tree. $2.50. I thought that it was about time we downsized and all the fussing with a big tree and the messy pine-needles only detracted from the real focus of Christmas anyway. This small one would do. I bought it.
|My white tree.|
|My blue tree|
There is the white tree. It holds the snowflakes that were made by a patient I cared for in a nursing home. My daughter made me the white angel; a student made me the two plaster circles with the snowflake imprint. My son made the white Styrofoam turtle dove when he was five.
|My precious eggs.|
Oh those eggs. Those precious egg ornaments - we blew the insides of the eggs out and somehow we cut a hole in the front, put lace around the opening, adorned it with glitter, cotton wool and the tiniest pine cones ever - inside. Seriously how did they not get smashed after 25 plus years? I treasure those two eggs made by eager little hands.
|My niece made these almost 40 years ago.|
|Love my babies.|
At the entrance way of my forest is my most beautiful memory - the Nativity on the cupboard. It has always been customary for me to set this out first. As I gaze upon the characters, I remind myself to go beyond the beautiful art and to focus on the deeper meaning of this season. I get a little annoyed at the wise men who show up at my Nativity, knowing full well they really were not part of that first Christmas evening in the stable. But I let it pass - it is part of the Christmas story, after all; just a later part.
|Reflections on the Moment|
My son (and daughter), give me your heart and let your eyes delight in my ways, Proverbs 23:26
To all my writer friends and fine readers - may your celebrations of Christ's birth go beyond how the world defines this blessed season - Celebrate! God Bless you and may you fully enjoy family, friends and Truth.