Decorating the Christmas Tree the weekend after Thanksgiving is a bit of a tradition in our house.

Although it seemed way to early this year, P-funk and I pulled out the decorations and got down to business… fighting over where to put the tree.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I love living in the South!  But dang it if I don’t miss a good ole fashion white Christmas!  And there is nothing like trimming a tree to create a little nostalgia.

Even P, with her 6 year old wisdom can pull a “very special to me ornament” and place it prominently on the tree.  She too resurrects memories and spins tails of years past while beaming with the pride of re-discovery.

My mom, who has given me a tree ornament every year of my life sent this to me the year Jeff and I were married.

I bought this one in a Christmas Shop in Cape Breton during a Thanksgiving Holiday with the family in 1999.  I was going through a little Victorian phase.

This one was giving to me by a dear family friend when I was in high school.  At one time you could press the bottom and Spock would say, “Live Long & Prosper”.  Our friend past away this year and I sent him a little prayer when I put it on the tree.

I love icicles on trees.  Remember tinsel? It was so messy and always my favorite.  I remember priding my self on placing it one little strand at a time.  Which never mattered because the wind of a snail walking by would tangle it all up, but oh how those trees sparkled.

I used to buy up beads and make my own, less messy version.  I’ve lost a lot of them over the years but a few of them managed to grace the tree.

I love this ornament.  It was made by the first hairstylist I met when I moved to the big city.  Thanks to Facebook we’re still friends.  Ahh I miss our chats!

For P-funks first birthday we traveled to my hometown to baptize her in the church I grew up in.  It may have been my first white Easter.  My Aunt and Uncle sent this to us that same year.

I look at the decorated tree and can’t believe there is so much history here.  My whole life, my story is re-discovered and remembered every year.

The tree looks like a holiday decoration, but we know the truth.  It’s really a scrap book of memories that somehow creates a mosaic of a well lived and a well loved life.

Peace in,





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2 Responses to My Christmas Tree Scrapbook

  1. Deborah says:

    Love this! :)

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