Traditions are such an integral part of us and the approaching holiday brings out special memories for all of us. Each year, those traditions become more precious to me. As I thumb through magazines looking at beautifully decorated trees, my heart soars...then as I unpack the decorations, sentiments kick in.
Who can resist the ornaments made by our grade schoolers? Am I the only one who has a paper plate angel (made by my 40 year old son when he was in 1st grade) as a tree topper? They just don't make those Dixie paper plates like they used to! Or the pictures glued on paper cups or styrafoam cups?
Yes, my tree is beautiful and one of our holiday traditions is the festive crowning of the paper plate angel - which all kids participate in! And if you look closely, you will find nestled in the tree among the glistening ornaments those homemade ornaments from years gone by. Truth be known, I treasure those more than anything.
And I've found that multiple trees are the perfect answer. One for each room! And this year, we added a new tradition for Grandpa and I. Our 4 yr old grandson and 18 month old granddaughter put up their own trees in our family room...one 6 ft tree and a cluster of five little trees...the first of another new tradition. Just watching them in their excitement will be a moment I will forever cherish. They ran out of steam long before I ran out of ornaments... it was pure delight. Topped by a special showing of "Tinkerbell" - can you think of a better way to spend the day?
I'm curious - what is your decorating style?