Saturday, December 22, 2007

Saturday, December 15, 2007

The Trees

Why do we have so many Christmas trees in our home? Growing up we only had one in each of our homes. The first years of our marriage we had one--in the main room of the house. Today I counted 15---and I suspect there is another one hiding somewhere. They're all shapes and sizes. Some have elaborate decorations, while others look more homespun. One tree is dedicated to domino ornaments from several swaps. One tree is devoted to nativities and angels.

None of the trees is particularly large, but I like effect of a miniature Christmas forest. They're easier to decorate, too....and much easier to store. (Allergies, pets, and fear of fire preclude real trees---besides they are expensive!) I also like seeing Christmas everywhere I turn. Every tree has its own collection of memories on it. The ornament Caty Mae created in pre-school Sunday school is there. The clay ornaments from Carrie's kindergarten class are displayed as well. Corinne's love of music is represented by a multitude of trumpets and pianos.

Then there are the gifts of ornaments collected over the years. The 12 bells from Roswell New Mexico, blown eggs from Eastern Europe--before the fall of communism, olive wood ornaments form Israel, beaten metal from Mexico...each one is significant.

Handcrafted ornaments are always happily displayed. Besides the domino ornament tree, there are ornaments of puzzle pieces, altered CDs, paper clay, origami, and glass balls filled with potpourri, tinsel, or glittery paint.

Each girl has her own set of ornaments--one for each year. Those they will take with them when they have homes of their own. The girls also have tiny trees in their rooms--decorated with tiny lights and ornaments.

There is certainly no lack of Christmas spirit here. Every tree reminds us to be grateful for the blessings God has given us---family, friends, a beautiful world, a hope for the future, and a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

May your days be merry and bright.....

Monday, December 03, 2007

The Season of Giving

This time of year is often overwrought with stress and busy-ness and other decidedly unpeaceful pursuits. Yet Christmastime should be an opportunity to reflect on the events of the previous year, gratitude for the blessings from God, and a distinct focus on the holy.

With that in mind, I want to give you, my readers, an opportunity to reflect and give. The first five people who comment on this blog will receive from me a handmade gift. The only quid pro quo is that you pay it forward by adding this same opportunity on your own blog.

Take time for peaceful reflection every day this month and give thanks for the gift of CHRISTmas.