The last few days have definitely been warning us that winter is on it’s way. For a long time we were spoiled when it came to our daily temperatures. We had a brush with winter a few weeks back when we had some snowfall but that melted and we were back to unseasonably warm days.
My husband has been using the nice weather to do last minute fall things like insulating crawl spaces, caulking cracks in the foundation and sealing all those little places that make an old farm house drafty. With the cold, windy weather of the last few days he has been scrambling to finish those projects.
The cold weather has also pushed me to put up the Christmas tree. (Son #2 could not believe we had not put it up yet.) My husband hauled the Christmas tubs out of the rafters in the garage, put the Trans-Siberian Orchestra CD on and I was good to go. I will say, now that it is up, it does look a lot more festive in our home.
It was fun to see the old ornaments again. There are some hanging on our tree that were on my parents first Christmas tree and some that were on my in law’s tree years ago. Those are the ornaments that tend to get put high up in the tree…..safely out of reach of small grandkids who love to touch and handle things.
I love the fact that I have these old ornaments. It makes our tree feel special knowing that those ornaments graced a tree when my husband and I were kids. I have great hopes that some of them will survive to hang on trees at my children’s homes. I figure they have survived years of children, grandchildren, and cats climbing trees….they should make it through another generation.
There is something precious about those ornaments that have survived. They are scratched, have slightly chipped paint and are weathered…..one of them is even missing a little piece towards the top; but they are beautiful. They speak of faithfulness, years of our families celebrating Christmas and traditions that span generations.
They have been hung on trees, real and artificial, year after year by two young couples who became parents, then turned into grandparents and now into great grandparents. For me those old glass ornaments are shiny, twinkly testaments to a love that continues to persevere 60 plus years later.
A few years ago I tried a tree that was full of burgundy colored ornaments and white lights. I figured our children had all moved out and it was a good time to transition into a more “adult” tree. Those decorations lasted a couple years, through much grumbling and discontent, and then the white lights started burning out. ( I am still not sure that my husband and sons did not have something to do with that.)
The multi-colored lights and variety of ornaments are again decking the tree; so once again, all is calm and all is bright (and multi-colored) in our home during the Christmas season! Once again our tree boasts of a few heirloom ornaments nestled in it’s top branches.
The traditions continue as we prepare to celebrate our Savior’s birth. May you be blessed with old traditions and making new family memories with your loved ones.
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