Saturday, December 24, 2005

Christmas Reflections

Here's this year's Christmas tree. I think it's one of the prettiest trees we've gotten. Just the right shape, tall and thin, to fit in its predestined spot.

I'm amazed at how our roles in the decorating process have shifted. Dad still does his he-man act, getting the tree into the base and into the house. Mom (that's me!) strings the lights on the branches and the pretty glitzy ribbon. But my two girls are older now and have taken on "ornament duty." I loved watching them place the ornaments on the branches, asking again the stories behind each one. Some of the sparklies are from my husband's childhood, some are from our travels in Europe, some were gifts from dear ones, and others commemorate the birth and stages of our girls. The tree is an decorative representation of our lives, precious and meaningful.

Several years ago I bought one of those Christmas Words magnet sets for our refrigerator. My family had a ball playing with it and actually created our Christmas card that year from what we wrote. Here's what two adults and two children can do with magnetic words:

The icy cold of morning,
the snowy storm of night.
Christmas LOVE is warming,
at the fire’s light.

Sweet songs of yuletide,
drift through the Christmas cheer.
Hearts sing like an angel,
for PEACE has come so near.

Dawning is the gift,
in the form of one small boy.
Given us so long ago,
Assuring lasting JOY.

May the GOD of LOVE, PEACE and JOY bless you richly now and for the New Year.

C H R I S T M A S !


Marion Kelley Bullock said...

Thanks, Dineen. That was sweet.

Marion Bullock

Jennifer Tiszai said...

Our ornaments, like yours, have stories behind them and this year is the first year my daughter really asked about each ornament. She had a ball putting them on the tree (the ones she could reach).

I love your family's poem. I guess we'll have to get one of those magnet sets and see what creativity it sparks. :)

Merry Christmas, Dineen.

Heather Diane Tipton said...

Beautiful tree and poem!!! Merry Christmas Neenie!!!

Lena Nelson Dooley said...

Cool story and even more cool poem. Thank you Dineen.

Paula said...

Beautiful, Dineen. Thanks for sharing the poem. I really enjoyed it.

Dineen A. Miller said...

Thanks for stopping by, everyone. I hope your Christmas has been wonderful. Peace!

Camy Tang said...

Merry Christmas, Dineen!

Robin Caroll said...

LOVE the tree, sweetie! This year, I put up the tree, put on the lights, but let the girls put on all the ornaments. Yeah, we had bunches in one spot, bald areas, but you know what...those kids loved the tree. Would sit and just stare at it! So I think it's beautiful! LOL

The poem is way cool!

Blessings to you and the family, sweet lady! I count you among my best blessings of the year!