Thursday, December 13, 2012
Oh Christmas Trees...
The Mr. and I have been on this journey together for a while now, this will be our thirtieth Christmas together. What a blessing. As we've entered into these middle years, we've turned our attention toward valuing one another and the miracle of marriage. It's the best gift we can think of for daboyz and some day, dagrands. I remember our first Christmas tree, decorated with...pew bows. Yup, you heard right! We had gotten married exactly two months before Christmas 1986 on October 25. We had a hand-me-down tree and about 3 for real ornaments to our name. I pulled out the ivory and gold bows which had adorned the pews on our wedding day (do people still use pew bows?) and stuck them on that sad scraggly old tree to plug the spaces between the branches. At the time, it seemed like a stroke of genius! Maybe it was more like a regular old stroke ;) I thought that tree was beautiful. I thought marriage was beautiful and planning a life that would take us all the way to heaven was beautiful.
I was right about all of it.
Today I look at a tree that is laden with ornaments and not a pew bow in sight. Christopher Radkos, purchased every year on our anniversary. Bronner's personalized ornaments...Dean, Sara, Jay, Mac, Donny and now Susan. Little boy homemade ornaments and Baby's First Christmas too. Red sparkly wooden blocks that spell LOVE. Nothing special, just a Target find, and yet, special nonetheless. The sets of ornaments we used to fill the spaces don't fit amongst the sentimental ones anymore. We've tucked those away for another set of newlyweds who some day may need to fill their Christmas tree's branches and may find themselves lacking pew bows.