While I love the beauty of themed Christmas trees, there is something about the tree containing all of the ornaments collected through the years that makes my heart sing. For within the branches of that tree a story is told.
Each year as the ornaments are hung, the story is visited once again and new chapters are added. Ornaments from childhood are lovingly placed with a distant memory of a young girl who spent a lot of time playing with Raggedy Ann.
until Ann was set aside and a young man named Brett took center stage.
Perhaps the most precious ornaments of all ~ those handmade by our children. I pause and thank God for teachers who take the time to work with their students on these treasures. For as time marches on, they grow more valuable every year.
Special interests and hobbies are there among the branches reminding us of who we are and what we value.
Loved ones across the miles are thought of as the tree is decorated.
Good times are remembered. Those facing hard times are prayed for.
And those who are no longer with us are missed ... a lot.
Trips taken are remembered once again. Perhaps thoughts of future vacations begin to take shape.
The furry family members are represented here.
Whether they are still with us or not, they hold a special place in our hearts and memories.
This year I am adding a new chapter to the tree representing life at my Happy Home. As the lucky winner of a recent giveaway I was
In the years to come, as I hang this special little cottage on my tree, I will be reminded of Becky's kindness. Thank You, Becky.
" From home to home, and heart to heart, from one place to another
The warmth and joy of Christmas, brings us closer to each other."
~ Emily Matthews