Tree Gazing

My family put our Christmas tree up two weekends ago. We’ve got a schedule that we stick to every year: the Christmas decorations go up the first weekend in December. And, each year, we love choosing two or three new ornaments to add to our vast collection.

It’s always exciting to hang the new ones, but I’m a sucker for the ones that have been passed down through the generations like the ornament above. This one was my Nanny’s in New Brunswick, Canada. Yes, it’s showing signs of age and yes, it hangs by an old piece of string instead of wire hangers, but I love it just the same.

When I see it, I think about how when my mother was a child she undoubtedly stared at it with the hope and excitement of Santa soon visiting. Then I think about how I did exactly the same thing when I was little. Truth be told, I never not remember this ornament.

So now, when we put our tree up and begin to decorate, I love to tell The Kid the history of all of our family ornaments. And even though she’s heard the same stories for 14 years now, she loves listening to them. She never knew my Nanny, but hopefully tales of our passed-down ornaments will allow her a glimpse of the past and her heritage.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy Tree Gazing.

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