Twelve more days….

You can tell a lot about a family by how their Christmas tree is decorated, I’ve decided.

There are those people who have coordinated thematic trees complete with light strands that never burn out because they are organized and with it.  There are those people who have new color schemes each year that are gorgeous beyond belief, because they are fashionable and with it.  Then there are those people who have fancy and expensive ornaments on their tree with lights that blink in time to music because they are wealthy and with it.

Then you have our tree with a million homemade ornaments from preschool and kindergarten, made with popsicle sticks or bad photographs.  Next to them are other simple, but loved ornaments that wear chipped corners and scratches with pride.  The few fancy or elaborate ornaments dwindle in number each year as the children pursue their decorating duties a bit too vigorously, while the amount of decorations with cartoon characters increase.

And don’t get me started on our lights.  These lights go on or off without warning, perhaps depending upon the barometric pressure or electrical surges or some other mysterious force as their inspiration.

What does our tree tell you?  That we are overly sentimental, a little cheap, kid-focused, and completely and totally not with it.

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And I wouldn’t change a single thing.

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9 Responses to Twelve more days….

  1. Azalea says:

    I think your tree is beautiful.

  2. Kathryn Wray says:

    You have a wonderful tree- one that is filled with love and family, and that is the best type of tree. Ever. 🙂

    I have a rather large family- 7 siblings, 6 in-laws, 3 adult children, 2 – children-in-law, 2 grandchildren, and approximately 25 nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews. We are spread all over the US. It just isn’t practical for us to send gifts (financially or geographically) to everyone, so many many years ago we started exchanging family ornaments. Some are handmade, some store bought, some fancy and some no-so-much. The absolute best part is that they all have some kind of meaning to the family that picks it to give, and my tree is now full of cherished ornaments with dozens of wonderful, heartfelt stories behind them, and I wouldn’t trade them for the the fanciest, most expensive decorations in the world.

  3. Meredith says:

    I think your tree looks great!!

  4. Stephanie says:

    I wouldn’t either! Our tree looks pretty much the same, but with white lights(with chunks of them not working). We just have more well-loved ornaments since we have five kids. I wouldn’t change a thing either! It means so much more to have a tree that the kids feel is their own! LOVE IT!!! Have a spectacular Christmas!!

  5. Yup…my kind of tree too :>)

  6. Absolutely! I love these types of trees! They’re the most welcoming, don’t you think?

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