Thursday, December 23, 2010

O Christmas Tree

Overflowing with ornaments, both old and new, our Christmas tree is one of our favorite traditions and decorations for the season. No, we don't cut ours down from a nearby field or even pick it up from a local tree lot...I keep it nice and cozy wrapped in an old comforter in the attic for 11 months of the year.

It's tall and thin...a good thing when you consider how much furniture occupies our living room...and came from another home in our city, recycled at a garage sale (shocking, I know). It only leans a little so a couple magazines under the base help set it straight.

As a child, I received one special ornament each year. My mom kept all of them until I had my own apartment in college and since then they have been a part of my own traditions...adding a new one each year for first me and Becca, my roomie, then Eric, and now for all three kiddos too.

Origins and meaning of the Christmas tree tradition are varied, but at our home, we talk about it as the evergreen being a symbol of the everlasting life we have in Jesus and the gifts beneath the boughs representing the gift that eternal life is...found only through the Christ child whose birth is the true meaning of the season! Merry Christmas everyone!


Tea Girl said...

Beautiful tree and beautiful words. May you all have a beautiful Christmas, too!

Anonymous said...

You know I think of you every year when we put up 1/2 to 3/4 of our Christmas tree. I am glad you have a thin one, one day we will either have a thin tree or a bigger living room:)