Monday, December 24, 2012
Oh, Christmas Tree
Here it is Christmas Eve. Work is done for both G and I. The sun is shining. The tree has decorations. I have a few things to do today. Not many. I slept late and guess I needed a bit of extra sleep. No snow. But no rain, either.
The tree is decorated with things from Christmases past. Little ornaments I bought years ago (tiny sock monkeys collected on a road trip from Maine to Florida @ Cracker Barrels along the way), things we made when my library coworkers had the annual ornament making party each year. Anyone with an idea for an ornament brought supplies so we could all make one. I have them all. And this year they are on the tree. No expensive balls or snowflakes. Just simple and homemade. And well loved. I felt myself softening and getting into the spirit as I hung the little stars, horses, lambs etc on the tree.
I was remembering the first Christmas G and I had with our little baby daughter. We had money enough for a small runt of a tree, a few strings of lights from Woolworth and no decorations. I wrapped the tiny baby cereal boxes in foil and the bits of ribbons I had and hung the boxes on the tree. No gifts. We really had only enough for rent, gas and food. I wish I had kept those little boxes. They would be a wonderful reminder of how far we have come in forty four Christmases.
I hope you can hang memories and dreams on your tree this year, too. Stay warm and hug your loved ones. Have a Merry Christmas.