This post was inspired by Patience Brewster, a designer of adorable, whimsical Christmas ornaments and gifts, to reflect on my favorite holiday memory.
The magic of the holidays is something that can hardly be described adequately. In fact, the pure magic and wonder of the Christmas season is something my family looks forward to every year. With that anticipation comes our family traditions…
Ever since my sister and I were little girls, my family has put up the Christmas tree and decorated it the day after Thanksgiving. On that Friday night, my parents would pull out the boxes of decorations and tree ornaments, my sister and me leaning over them to peek at the colorful treasures inside. Mom and Dad would sit side-by-side on the couch, and Tracy and I would wait eagerly as they would hand us each one ornament at a time. We would take each one and find the perfect spot for it on the lit tree. As it got fuller with bulbs, bells, and little snowmen and Santas, we would study every empty branch for just the right spot for the next ornament until the entire tree was full of hanging memories. It was then that my dad would take the star out of the box and, with perfect care, place it atop the glowing tree. Tracy and I would “ooh” and “ahh” and stare at the beautiful tree until we would go to bed and eagerly count down the days until Santa’s visit.
Tracy (right) and me circa 1987
Now, my own kids toss and turn with excitement in the nights leading up to Christmas, but not until after they carry on our family’s tradition of decorating our tree the day after Thanksgiving. After we go and pick out the perfect tree and wrap it in shimmering lights, Eugene and I sit beside each other on the couch, and Gerald, Ronald, Jeremy, and Emma take turns placing each ornament in its ideal spot on the tree. Emma and Jeremy are in charge of the bottom branches since they’re too short to reach the top, and Ronald is in charge of the top. Gerald, my perfectionist mini-me, is in charge of rearranging the bulbs and ornaments so they’re evenly spaced out and no one area of branches has more than another! All four munchkins beg to eat “just one candy cane” each as they place them on the tree. Finally, once all the decorations are on the tree, Eugene puts our beautiful angel on the top. Just like Tracy and I did, our kids stare in wide-eyed awe at the finished product and begin their countdown until Christmas!
Do you and your loved ones have any holiday traditions? How did your traditions begin?
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all my internet friends and family! This year, and always, please remember that Jesus is the reason for the season. Love to you all. xoxo