Christmas Tree Joy—Again!

5264788413_7bbd94d1ee_z*While I continue to care for my husband after his accident, I hope you enjoy this encore presentation (with a few tweaks) from my first Christmas season as a blogger—December 2007. Hope you’re enjoying your holiday season!

Do you have your Christmas tree decorated yet? Your answer may depend on whether or not you’re going to get a real tree. If you’re like us and use an artificial tree, chances are you’ve been delighting in it for a week or two already.

I absolutely love having our Christmas tree up during the holidays. Excitement, joy, peace, and contentment all seem to emanate from it. Nothing makes me happier than to find a valid excuse to put the tree up a few days early, and this year was no exception. I have to admit that I don’t like the work involved, especially when I have trouble with the lights or with my garland that never quite fits around the whole tree. The end result is perfect, though, and always worth the effort.

Now when I say perfect, I don’t mean magazine perfect with everything color coordinated and evenly balanced. I just mean perfect to my eyes and heart. The theme of our tree is “hodgepodge”—a little bit of this and a little bit of that. And each little “this and that” is dearly loved and meaningful in some way—except for a few ornaments that I am trying to convince our daughter Kelli to finally start putting on her own tree :)

About twenty years ago I bought a couple of Precious Moments porcelain ornaments that reminded me of my girls, and over the years several others have been added to our tree. Most of them have been gifts from Don or the girls, but a few represent some lucky after-Christmas sales. We also have a Precious Moments angel tree-topper that Kelli, when she was just a little girl, named “Carolyn” after her Aunt Carolyn. Carolyn was probably in her late teens at the time and considered very cool by her little nieces.

The rest of our ornaments come from a variety of people and places. Kelli’s favorite—the twirly one—has been handed down from Don’s family, and Kristin’s favorites are her “Baby’s First Christmas” ornament and the one that has her picture on it as a two-year old. Several are gifts from dear friends while many others represent vacation spots we enjoyed together as a family. We even have a couple that Dad brought back for me from his travels in Russia. Then there are those I’ve simply treated myself to when I splurge a little while on vacation. Each ornament holds special meaning and memories for me. That’s one of the reasons I love our tree so much.

But there’s also another reason I love our tree so much. To me, Christmas trees are symbols of joy. They show there is a celebration going on—a celebration so big that even the trees are shouting for joy. The lights, the tinsel, the ornaments all seem to cry out “Joy to the world! A Savior has been born!” Funny as it may sound, Christmas trees actually lead me to worship.

I pray that you will enjoy your tree this year, that perhaps you’ll look at it in a new way. If you listen closely, you will probably hear it singing for joy at the miracle of our Savior’s birth. Take time to sing along and enter into that joy yourself this Christmas season. Worship and be blessed!

“Then the trees of the forest will sing, they will sing for joy before the LORD . . .” 1 Chronicles 16:33

*Which ones are your favorite ornaments on your Christmas tree? (Since I originally wrote this piece is 2007, I’ve begun collecting a few Christopher Radko ornaments as well. My mom got me hooked on Radko ornaments, and now that she’s gone, they are a especially dear to me as they remind me of her.)

*Be sure to throw your name in the hat for my “Playing Santa Again” Giveaway. Deadline to enter is 6 p.m. CST this Wednesday.

*Flickr photo by geraldbrazell, Creative Commons License


  1. I was wishing you had posted a picture of your tree. That is cute your tree topper is named Carolyn. :) I have several favorite ornaments but probably those with photos are some of the favorite. My new favorite is the Christopher Radko ornament that Keith got me for Christmas last year. He knew I wanted one but did not realize Mom collected them so it is real special. :)

    • Debbie, I thought about posting a photo of our tree, but I didn’t really have one that was the photo quality that I like to use with my posts so decided to go with this one. I love how Keith got you a Radko last year. We’ll always think of Mom when we see Radko ornaments, won’t we? Sure do miss her.

  2. Our decorations aren’t coordinated at all, but most all of them are special–things the kids (now in their 40s!) made as little girls, ornaments from special friends and/or events, hand-me-downs through the family. Needless to say, decorating our tree is always a walk down memory lane…and usually generates a few tears.

    If anyone came to our house, they wouldn’t call our decorations beautiful. But to us, they’re absolutely gorgeous!

  3. I love the Christmas tree in your photo! I have a small tree and it is already up.

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