Our family tradition is that the Christmas tree is put up and decorated within a few days after Thanksgiving. When my children were young, we bought a natural tree from one of several non-profit tree lots in the Riverside area. But several years ago we switched to artificial … with the lights permanently affixed to the branches.
Decorating the tree this year brought back memories. Some of the ornaments have true sentimental value … some of them were hand-painted by our children when they were young. We remember how exciting it was for them to hang the ornaments and string the lights.
Now they’re gone, with families of their own. They’ve started their own traditions at Christmas time.
This can be a tough time of the year because it brings up memories of Christmases past. For some folks, those memories can be sad and depressing. But for Shelley and me, the memories are all good. And our tree symbolizes the joy our family has always found during the holidays.
Our thought for today is from James M. Barrie:
“God gave us memories so that we might have roses in December.”