A Christmas tree has many cherished functions during the holiday season.
The lights add a shimmering glow to the room,
matching the expectation of the celebration ahead.
Presents chosen with love
are nestled beneath the pine scented boughs.
Ornaments rich with memories hang from the branches,
marking Christmases past, but leaving room for future memories.
The scent, the sights, the feel of a Christmas tree are deeply
etched into our hearts and minds.
My kids added one more cherished function for our Christmas tree.
They simply continue to amaze me.
Remind me not to ask the kids to
"quickly pick up the living room"
during the season of the tree.
Remind me not to ask when I’m not in the room and don’t specify
to pick up the living room.
My Amazing Grace decided each branch worked like a shelf.
They picked up the living room very quickly.
I walked in, rolled my eyes,
grunted in a motherly fashion,
and demanded someone take a picture
while I went down to do yet another load of laundry.
Not sure what happened when I was in the basement,
but the pictures on the camera
told a story their lips didn’t.
But, it musta’ been funny.
See what a Mom misses when she’s always working?
Many years ago, some dear friends of ours shared their
convictions on why they don’t have a Christmas tree.
It was a pleasant conversation,
but all I remember is something about
German soldiers hanging guts on a tree.
Maybe I wasn’t listening very well.
We made our decision to have a tree
based on American tradition,
not our faith.
We understand the tree really doesn’t have anything to do
with the Lord Jesus.
But we found a way to let our
love for the American traditions
and our love for the Lord Jesus
live together in our home.
Our dear friends don’t know what they’re missing.
Not only are they missing that wonderful pine scent,
their kids can’t clean up the living room in less than 5 minutes.
(Reblogged from Christmas 2011. The kids haven’t done anything exciting this year.)