Thursday, December 3, 2009

Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree

The tradition of putting a Christmas tree up has been around for years. And as a young child, I always looked forward to the time when my mom and dad and I would decorate. And for several years we even had a tree decorating party with all of our family, friends and neighbors. Oh such fun!

To join around the tree with lights, ornaments, tinsel, candy.... Whatever it is that you choose to decorate that all special symbol of Christmas and tradition. It's a time to be merry and festive that's for sure!

How many of you have a family tradition that focuses on your Christmas tree? Do you go out and buy a real tree every year that smells like pine but sheds all those little needles throughout your house, LOL? Or do you use the same artificial tree (some now have lights already on it, Oh how I love thee!!!)?

The most important part of the tree, at leased for me, is the decoration. The possibilities are endless, but it does say a lot about who you are and what type of home you have right? Some people use friendly colored lights with ornaments their children have made and drape it with tinsel and popcorn strung on string. Others prefer to have a very classic tree with white lights, glass ornaments and silver beading. Both beautiful but VERY different!

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Whatever style you choose, make yours a special tradition. Go all out and make a day of it. Take the kids tree shopping and let them help bring it home. Make hot chocolate and turn on that Christmas music. Sing carols while you decorate and buy a new ornament or use one your child has made and talk about memories of Christmas past as you put em back on the tree every year!

This is the time of year for celebrating, for making new memories but remembering the old as well!

I know we all get wrapped up in the gift shopping, the Holiday parties, the wrapping, the cooking and that is fine, but take that extra day to really do something special and relax with the family.

I have to say that my mom ALWAYS made decorating the tree special and now I do it for my son as well. He cannot wait to take out all the ornaments and help put them up!

(Funny true story inserted here)

Last year I would come into the living room (where our tree is up now) and I couldn't help notice that ALL the decorations on the tree had been moved around. This happened several times and after I checked my eyes or possibly thought I was going crazy, LOL, I realized that my son was doing it the whole time. He just loves the ornaments and I guess feels so excited about decorating that he re-decorates every day!

Oh, the joys of motherhood! :)

"Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree
Thy candles shine so brightly
Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree
Thy candles shine so brightly."

"Each bough does hold it's tiny light
It makes each toy to sparkle bright
Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree
Thy candles shine so brightly!"


carma said...

I love that he redecorates! We have yet to get our fake - er- faux tree up..

Patricia said...

Oh how I love the holidays! I will be putting our tree up tomorrow, and I can't wait!

Bunny, The Paris House said...

hi Danielle, this is such a lovely post. You are so right, it is a time to make memories and make it magical for our children. Your son is so adorable re-decorating your cute!!
I hope you are well and doing ok..

Alicia said...

Aww! How cute that your son did that!!

We just decorated our tree and our kids LOVE it so much!

Mass Hole Mommy said...

We make a big thing out of decorating every year, too! I switch off with a real tree every other year and a fake one the years in between. I am terribly allergic to the real trees, but it's so much more fun to take my boys out to pick out the tree, so for now, I am doing it every other year because that is all my poor nose can take. This year is fake.

Michelle said...

I just let my kids decorate the tree...some day they'll be gone and i can have a beautiful one...but till then..i would rather watch them have fun.

pam said...

Wishing you a very Merry SITSmas!

Finding Normal said...

Merry SITSmas!

Eve said...

Oh my goodness... it is so cute that your son redecorates the tree! ;)

Merry SITSmas!

Sammy said...

Merry SITSmas!!

I haven't gotten my tree yet, so no Christmas decorating happening at my house at the moment. Hopefully it will be picked and purchased today, as long as the rain stays way! :)