Generational Christmas Tree

standard December 23, 2010 5 responses
DSC_0072

We gathered tonight, little cousins in pajamas, parents with cameras and wine glasses, to trim the tree with ornaments collected over the years starting when my sisters and I were babies ourselves.

Ornament from my sister’s first Christmas.
One of my favorite childhood ornaments.

The collection has grown over the years as our mother diligently added one or two every Christmas.

Sometimes the old ornaments are joined by newer counterparts.

And then there are just the ones we all love without remembering when or how they appeared.

For the first time, this year C added her own ornament to the mix. She carried it all the way to Chicago, clutching it in her feverish hand on the plane even as she slept off the effects of her 24hr stomach bug.

When all the ornaments are jumbled in the box it never looks like much. But as they come out one by one a magical transformation takes place. All the stories and memories come together and weave a tree that’s worthy of another year of Christmas memories.

If you liked this post, take a look at these!

When does Hannukah start anyway? If you check Yaho... Yesterday, in anticipation of the run on supermarkets today by people desperately gathering last minute supplies for their Thanksgiving feasts, I ran ...
The day I broke a tooth that wasn’t my own. The pristine white bathroom always gleamed. White tiles, white counter tops, white bathmats and towels, the only splashes of color that marred the sti...
Unapologetically strong, gracefully appreciative Back when I was in labor with my first child I became somewhat fixated with how field workers in olden times would just squat in the field to deliver ...
The Annual Christmas Sneak-up You would think that working in a company that is intensely focused on the holidays that I would have it all under control.I don't.I didn't order my h...

5 responses