The stockings are hung, the Christmas tree decorated, and my Nativity set out on its table. Seeing these items brings to mind cherished holidays from years past as well as looking forward to making new memories. I even took pictures on my cellphone, not that I’ve figured out how to send them yet, or even post them online. Lol. I’m not a techy person, but I hope to learn.
The most important and heartwarming decoration out is my Nativity scene. A few years ago my sister got a new stable for hers, and gave me her simple wood one to house mine in. Before that, the figures had always stood in the open. Now it seems more—at peace. I couldn’t find my baby Jesus this year, so had to take one from my other set. It fits well though, even though the other figurines are so much more detailed. I’ve added another cow and a donkey to the setting this year.
Next on my list of favorites is the Christmas tree. Growing up, my mom didn’t like the mess one made, so we sometimes had a small artificial tree, but more often—none at all. I want the kids to look at those lights like I do, and find the magic that goes with the season. Although admittedly, the tree looks kind of sad this year because we can’t put bulbs on due to our cats (well, unless I luck out and find some unbreakable ones anyway.). So just garland light and a few bulbs (like three). Lol.
And then there are the stockings. I like them because they hide such treasures. You never know what you’re getting with them. So they’re fun to explore. There are so many other little things that come together to make Christmas. Candles. Songs. Santa. Snowmen and angels. Old movies and cartoons. Treasured, priceless gifts the kids made over the years. I’m grateful and thankful for it all.
So what are some of your favorites?