Well, hubby got the tree out Thursday and put it up. We have one of those pre-lit trees, which makes the task a little less time consuming. BUT, it is still in the same state it was when he first put it up. Naked. Except for those lights. Poor tree, probably thinks it's unloved. Truth be known, I just haven't felt like taking out the decorations yet. I did do it this morning, but under duress. Once I started getting them out, the going was great, but before that I just didn't feel very Christmasy. Looking at the decorations as I brought them out brought back that spirit and anticipation of the season, so why didn't I just do it Thursday? Because I'm stubborn. But you didn't hear that from me. If my kids see this, they'll never let me hear the end of it.
Going through those decorations always allows me to remember just when I received or purchased them. Yes, I'm one of "those" people that remembers everything. Like the snowman ornaments and figures that my BFF Carla bought for me; the houses that I just had to have so I stalked China n' Things until I was sure I had one of each; the Nativity that my son borrowed my credit card to buy for me; the stockings that my friend Sonja crocheted...everything that is in those boxes is dear to me for one reason or another.
The ornaments I get out every year and really love, though, are the ones my kids made when they were little. Ah, sometimes I wish for those days again, so they can bring me home those really cool, authentically designed Christmas lovelies. Not only are there ornaments for the tree, but there are decorations to put just about anywhere. They're awesome. And original. And mine, all mine.
They remind me of the innocence, the fun, the wonder, the excitement...all of those things that children feel when they know Christmas is right around the corner. And the looks on their faces when they get to hand it to you and you smile so big your mouth hurts, because these truly are the greatest of gifts you could ever receive.
Now that my kids are grown, I really miss those little treasures during the year, but I will always have these ones to look back at and cherish. Maybe they'll make me some new ones soon - after all, they are still my kids.