In my case that song could be retitled "Oh Memory Tree, Oh Memory Tree" because when December rolls around again and we start unpacking the ornament boxes to decorate the Christmas Tree I'm always flooded with memories from our Christmases past. I admit that the actual process of putting up the tree can be a chore ( not so much now that we have a prelit fake tree, see previous post) but once the ornaments come out, all that changes. Some people like to decorate sparingly, or decorate around specific themes each year. Our theme has always been Christmas Chaos. I mean you can't have to many ornaments right?
And speaking of ornaments.....unpacking the ornament box itself is like unwrapping presents on Christmas Morning. Each ornament has it's own place and history on our tree. The tree top star that we've had for 10 years is carefully packed on the top of the ornament box so that it can be placed on top of the tree first
Then as we go deeper into the ornaments we discover the plastic Noel that was bought at a dimestore and has always been front and center on our trees.
And then there is the 'First Christmas' ornament given to us back in 1977 by my dear grandmother to commerate our first year being married. It's getting a little worn now, kinda cheesy looking actually, but then so are we. Nevertheless, it still has it's place of honor on our tree.
Speaking of cheesy...as in photo's, there are the cute needlepoint ornaments that have our kids pictures in them made by my mother in law back when the kids were cute. They have to go on the tree.
And then there are those handmade ornaments that the kids made in school. Nothing brings back the memory of a kid rushing home to proudly place their own ornament on the tree. They are grown now, but every year their ornaments have a special place on our tree.
And to think little Scott now has an MBA from University of Texas...he's come a long way from when that ornament was made back in the 10th grade....just kidding!
So it all seems to come together each year, the fancy ornaments, the handmade ornaments, the flamingo ornament, the ornament from the cruise ship, the ornament from Hawaii, all the snowmen, the santas, the angels, birds, stars and bright sparkling icicles and lo and behold it looks beautiful!
Another Tree is complete, Time to turn down the lights get a brandy and bring back all those wonderful memories of Christmas Past, and Present.
As my son put it on his ornament years ago...'MARRY CHRIST mas' to all. May your season be bright, filled with many happy memories .
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