My friend, Avery Cove sent us a photo of her Christmas tree! We've been friends online for a few years, but I just met her in person at the ACFW conference last September. She's a lovely person, and a writer I predict you will see in print very soon. Here's a link to her new website: http://www.averycove.com
For me, Christmas holidays bring out family traditions that start with the Christmas tree. When the lights dim and the tree lights glow, our eyes reflect the magic and the wonder in every twinkle. We are enthralled.
When my husband and I had our first Christmas, we had very little money. But both of us had a childhood ornament given to us by our parents, so together with a cedar tree we’d cut down from the woods, we added strands of popcorn and homemade decorations. Because we could not see our financial situation changing much, we decided we would add one ornament each year to our Christmas collection. I believed we should save money for a more expensive one since this was to be a keepsake, but we finally decided we should buy one that gave an idea of how well we had fared financially through the year and date it. Our tree chronicles our years of plenty and years of poverty.
For thirty-seven years, we’ve added ornaments our children made at home and school, and there are ornaments that hang from the tree given to us by friends and family. Now we have so many, all of them can no longer go on the tree but we still enjoy talking about them, going through them, and remembering our Christmas past.
This year while we were gone to celebrate Christmas with my WIN-ACFW writing group in Tulsa, Oklahoma, our son and his girlfriend decorated the tree—What a wonderful surprise!