One of my earliest memories is of wrapping my hands around a Christmas tree light and admiring the way the light shone through the cracks between my fingers. Every year when we decorate our Christmas tree, I enjoy watching my kids enjoy this same phenomenon of light captured in their hands.
Christmas is my favorite time of year. It’s a time to slow down and enjoy family during quiet evenings sitting around a Christmas tree. This year I made sure our Christmas shopping was finished before December, and it has made for a wonderfully relaxed Christmas season. We have been listening to a lot of Christmas music and singing carols too. The kids have enjoyed spending their free time making gifts, and I look forward to the end of this week when school gets out for the calendar year and we are free of homework and lunches and school bells for a couple of weeks.
Have you spent time around your Christmas tree yet this year? Or sitting around a candlelit dinner? Winter can be a dark time of year, but if you use the dark to enjoy the light of candles or a Christmas tree, the darkness can make for wonderful family memories!
During the day, the tree has become the center of my kids’ play. A Playmobil baby turned up in a stroller ornament on the tree that I received as a gift when Johnny was born a couple weeks before Christmas. One morning I came downstairs to find the kids counters ziplining their way to the Christmas tree.
Our condo is not particularly large, and certainly not designed to hold a family of six. Our Christmas tree is in the middle of our living room, and visitors tend to comment on the way the cord for the lights stretches across the floor to the outlet. It is not trendy or elegant. The moments and memories it has inspired are wonderful.
What memories are you cherishing this holiday season?