So, maybe I am a bit sentimental. Or, maybe it’s just this time of the year. I love the holidays, once we hit October 1st, I’m on a high the rest of the year (of course, some of that could be the candy and breads and other goodies!).
Halloween is super fun, Thanksgiving is a great time to renew my vow to live a life of gratitude, but Christmas, Christmas is all about the family life I’ve made. Not just the nuclear and extended family, but my friends that have become family, too.
We put up our tree yesterday. I know it seems early; however, Thanksgiving comes late and well, it’s a lot of work to put my tree up and I want to enjoy it as long as possible! I’m sitting here with a nice bowl of chili, watching the Cowboys and letting the glow of the lights on the tree take me away! (And, well, because doing three things isn’t enough, I’m writing this blog post, too!)
Tons of memories are made this time of year, and in our family, our traditions have traditions! Every year when we were growing up, mom and dad would let each of us kids pick out an ornament for the tree. You could track our lives via the ornaments and year after year as we were putting our special ornaments on the tree, one of us would occasionally hold up an ornament and go “oh, I remember when…”
I’ve carried this tradition on with Mr. T, and yesterday was filled of moments “Oh, this was when you did this” or “I made this back when…”
Our tree is nestled in the corner of the living room, out of the way but still visible from every angle.
Here is the little stained glass church that was one of my childhood ornaments. It is the first ornament to go on the tree, period. Nothing goes on until I have placed this little guy. I absolutely love this ornament. I don’t remember when I got it, but it will always be my favorite!
Look! It has my name! All the way back from 4th grade!! Which also gives away my approximate age for those of you good at math!
Merry Kissmas! I got this ornament when I was a teenager – and you know you’re as old as me if you recognize the character!
Here is a new ornament! My friend Kari sent this to me all the way from Alaska! It’s entirely too awesome for words!
I bought this for Mr. T’s first Christmas – isn’t it adorable? I did have a traditional baby’s first Christmas ornament that was a beautiful blue china rattle sent to me by my friend Melissa; however, one year we dropped it and no amount of glue was fixing that!
First off, yes, there are candy canes all over our tree. I load the tree up with peppermint and mint chocolate candy canes. Everyone has gotten used to this and almost everyone who visits automatically grabs one off the tree to enjoy – including me and Mr. T!
Nestled among the branches and candy canes is Elmo, the first ornament that Mr. T picked out all by himself.
Here we have a cloths pin reindeer that Mr. T made when he was little.
Even Spongebob and Patrick get in on the action. And, to be clear – those are two separate ornaments, I realize now that it looks like they are attached, but they aren’t. We also have Shaggy and Scooby doo and on the other side of the tree in a perpetual battle you will find Spiderman and Dr. Octopus.
Putting up the ornaments gives me time to reflect on years past, think about the upcoming year and to spend 30 minutes with Mr. T where all we have to do is enjoy each other and sing along with Christmas carols playing in the background. We laugh and joke, reminisce and make plans and let the stress of the world melt away.
And then I put up another one of my ornaments… it pretty much speaks for itself!
On a slightly related note – I now have to go search for Supernatural ornaments – cause I think that I’d enjoying looking at this every year! Maybe when I write my letter to Santa I’ll ask if he can just wrap up Dean Winchester and leave him under my tree!