Take a look at your Christmas tree.
Is yours, like ours, a family history?
Bits of our lives adorn each limb,
scattered among the lights and trim.
Here's an ornament celebrating
our first Christmas together.
It was such a cold day, with snowy, wintry weather,
but we were warm and cozy inside,
secure in the knowledge that our love would abide.
It wasn't long until our family grew.
We added baby's first Christmas ball in little boy blue.
In a few short years, we added another.
Another blue ornament for a little brother.
Next came handmade treasures
that were made at church and at school.
Bits of ribbon, paper, and glitter
became happy art marking each new yule.
Our hobbies and sports are there on the tree too,
along with the things we love and the things we do.
There are baubles to honor anniversaries and vacations
that we fondly remember,
and all of these memories come back to us
when the tree goes up each December.
Fragile bits of blown glass from the old five and dime
remind us of another place and another time.
These were left to us by the previous generation.
They give us reason for reminiscing and contemplation.
Symbols of our faith, are, of course, represented too.
Angels, shepherds, and stars remind us to give proper due
to the real reason for the season,
the reason we gather around that family tree:
to celebrate the light and love given to us
that began with the birth of the blessed Baby.
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