Last night after supper we put Christmas music on and decorated the tree.
You won’t see this tree pictured in Better Homes and Gardens. It looks funny because the branches at the bottom are weak and won’t really support lights. That’s what a live Christmas tree gives you – CHARACTER. We can’t find the tree skirt. Maybe I threw it away last year intending to purchase another this year, or maybe it’s squirreled away in an unmarked bin downstairs.
I used to think someday I’d want one of those fancy trees with the matching decorations and color-coordinated ribbons and all that stuff you see out and about in the displays this time of year.
But now I realize there is no way I would ever let go of these unique, often handmade-by-children ornaments we’ve collected over the past few years. Each one has a story. I’ll probably be hanging the same decorations long after the kids are grown and gone even if it means the tree becomes so heavy it lists to the side and needs guy-wires. Seeing them again each year is like visiting old friends.
Welcome back, old friends.