I love Christmas trees. Fake, red, silver, orange, I don’t care. I just love to see how people decorate their trees. Actually, I think Christmas trees can tell a lot about a person, although I am not sure I want to know what ours would say about me…
Our tree has an assortment of ornaments that span generations. There are ornaments from my Grandma, from my mom, from my childhood, and of course, from my kids. No ornament is off limits for our tree. The frightful ‘dove’ that my son made in 1st grade is a family favorite. I think the dove’s neck is coming loose or something as his head seems bent at a very odd angle. One of my favorites is an ornament named ‘Pipe Cleaner Mess’. It was created years ago, when my youngest was trying to make a home made ornament. He ended up connecting a bunch of pipe cleaners together, which kind of formed a ball. (A ball with poky things sticking out of it everywhere.) When he first made it, we just praised the ornament. Now that he is almost 13, we can be honest about the ornament’s true beauty. Hence the name ‘Pipe Cleaner Mess’. (He made up the name, so don’t go thinking I am cruel…)
One of the best parts of Pipe Cleaner Mess is placing it on the tree. Each person takes a turn tossing it onto the tree. If it ever lands and stays in a place where people can see it, then that is where it goes. Unfortunately, not everyone will get a turn as sometimes, its placement is perfect on the first shot.
Anyway, my Christmas tree is very special to me. So many of the ornaments tell a story, I cannot imagine having a tree where the lights and ornaments are all uniform. I love how I can be reminded of many different people and events as I look at my tree.
I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas and remembers what this holiday is truly about.