I am so pleased to show off my tree. My tree has a compilation of Christmas ornaments that make up my family's life. Every year, we choose one or two ornaments that somehow summarize the year. For instance, when 9/11 happened, we hung an American flag ornament on the tree.
I also have a few special ornaments that were on my grandmother's tree when my mom was a little girl and were on my tree when I was a child. When each of our children were born, we hung first Christmas ornaments and started buying them special ornaments also. Their ornaments are no longer on our tree. We presented them to our children on the first Christmas when they were married. They've continued the tradition.
For the top of the tree, we have a Moravian star. When I wrote A Christmas Promise, I learned a lot about the Moravian Christmas traditions. I bought this star last year to remind me of them.
My novella, A Christmas Promise, is set in Schoenbrunn Village in Ohio, so while I was researching it, I bought an ornament in Schoenbrunn.
The ship ornament was placed on the tree the year we took a trip of a lifetime. We sailed on ship similar to the ornament to Alaska. We loved it there. It was so beautiful.
The photo frame ornament was bought for me when my first grandson was born. The picture is Jak around the time of his first Christmas.
My husband and I used to have a yellow cockatiel named Pretty Bird. We loved that bird. This ornament was made by a friend of ours to depict Pretty Bird in her cage.
I have a ministry called Revival Fire for Kids and was a children's pastor for 20 years. My mom bought me this ornament because it an angel named Tamara and is considered the guardian of children.
This is my favorite ornament and has a special place in my heart. After 16 years of marriage, my husband gave his heart to the Lord.
That same Christmas, I directed a children's Christmas play called Santa Bowed at Christmas. In the play, a department store Santa was saved and bowed at the manger.
My daughter played the lead part, and my husband played Santa. There wasn't a dry eye in the church when my husband bowed at the manger. That's when I bought this ornament.
Ornaments aren't the only special decorations that tell my family's history. This nativity scene was made by my son when he was in pre-school.
I hope you enjoy my family Christmas tree and that you make your own wonderful memories of Christmas.
ORDER A CHRISTMAS PROMISE
During colonial times, John and Anna settle in an Ohio village to become Moravian missionaries to the Lenape. When John is called away two days before Christmas to help at another settlement, he promises he’ll be back by Christmas Day.
When he doesn’t show up, Anna works hard to not fear the worst while she provides her children with a traditional Moravian Christmas.
Tamera Lynn Kraft has always loved adventures and writes Christian historical fiction set in America because there are so many adventures in American history. She is the leader of a ministry called Revival Fire For Kids where she mentors other children's leaders. She is a recipient of the 2007 National Children's Leaders Association Shepherd's Cup for lifetime achievement in children's ministry.