Why I Love to Decorate Our Christmas Tree!
Welcome to Real Life. O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree. How lovely are thy branches.
will never find it under a tree.
Our Christmas tree isn't elegant or themed to match our décor. Rather, it's a cozy mix of eclectic ornaments spanning a lifetime. Many tell a story. This is a sampling.
Our holiday season begins at Fred's Tree Farm. Our first time there, we left our infant son Denny with my parents to meet Terry's family at Fred's. Denny is now thirty-three. We've cut our fresh tree at Fred's Tree Farm every year since.
My brother Joe, a retired 82nd Airborne Army Sergeant, served in the first Gulf War—Operation Desert Storm. He bought me this Arabian Oil Lamp ornament as a souvenir. Each time I hang it, my heart swells with pride over my brother's military service. I thank God for protecting him in dangerous places!
As a young mom, I served as a Care Group Leader in our church's MOPs (Mothers of Preschoolers) Ministry. Carol Shenker, our Coordinator, handcrafted this angel for her leadership team. It evokes sweet memories of serving together while holding our babies!
Long ago, in a galaxy far away, I handcrafted and sold mop dolls, diaper bags, baby quilts, calligraphy, and ornaments like this one at craft shows. When I hang it, I remember late nights with my glue gun after my boys fell asleep.
Through my sons' school-aged years, we made ornaments as gifts for family. This one is dated 2004. When I hang it, the three of us are sitting around our kitchen table with paint, glue, and glitter.
A couple years ago, my adult son Calvin relived the handcrafted ornament tradition. He painted these pretty mittens for us as a gift!
I purchased this shell ornament (where else, but) in Florida. Every November, my in-laws spend two weeks at Ft. Meyers Beach. A couple years, we joined them. This ornament reminds me of fun in the sun and Sanibel Island shopping trips with late beloved mother-in-law Lillian!
It's not perfect or elegant. But every year when I decorate it, our Christmas tree tells me a story of love and grace, family and friendship. By the time I'm finished, I'm convinced it's the most beautiful tree in the world. And that's why I love to decorate it! Does your tree tell a story?
Dearest Lord Jesus,
May we never forgot.
Before the tinsel and lights,
You were born in a manger.
Thank you for leaving the glory of heaven,
to come and save us from our sins.
We open our hearts wide to you, Lord Jesus.
Take it further... "O come to my heart, Lord Jesus. There is room in my heart for thee." This simple prayer from a Christmas carol can transform your life. Learn more at Need Him.
 Fred's Tree Farm, 5631 Mack Dr Valley City, OH 44280