It’s not that a tree is out of our budget. It’s not! ( I have a credit card!) jk 🙂
It’s not that I don’t love a good tree. I do!
You can read the story on joy of easy trees here. Alas, tho’, that Tree O Ease has gone by the way. Never did get it back in the box either. )
Recently, sensitive Friends invited us to join them in the Tradition of Cutting.
Memories. Has it been that long already?
Eight years ago, just days before Christmas- arriving to a dark home -finding ourselves an “official ” family of three. Conversation that night and in the weeks to follow about the peaceful feeling stirring in our hearts and Home. New Beginnings.
That Christmas, Over the river and through the woods with the Grenfells and several others. A holly jolly group fueled by Hot chocolate, armed with boots, saws, hats and silliness. Lots of Laughter and silliness.
The resulting lovely BIG tree with lots of warm coziness. Warm and cozy from dragging said Giant to the caravan, hoisting , heaving and ho,ho, ho’ing. Usually a tree much grander in size than our small room resulting in the other tradition of cutting off plenty.
Loads of friends and family , lots of healthy activity, laughter and merriment.
The new freedom to participate in healthy traditional activities and create new memories thrilled this Woman. Visions of family sleigh rides, caroling and helping others danced in her head. Sadly, the new freedom to participate felt like trying to fill a gaping, jagged hole to two sorrowful sons, a spotlight on what went terribly wrong in their lives. Eventually , the juxtaposition of happy, intact families took a toll on the hearts and Spirits of the recovering broken.
Honoring our feelings, deflecting the spotlight and restoring the foundation ripped away by d-i-v-o-r-c-e -became the next Season. Quietly creating our own balance of New and Old Memories with New and Old Traditions.
Fostering quiet holidays for two young boys becoming men, living back and forth between two juxtaposed homes.
Eight years later. New Beginnings.
“Do it Daughter” IAM whispered. “Accept, Receive. It’s for you both.”
Last night my front door opened to a flurry of activity as a lovely 7 footer entered in the arms of 3 lovely smiling faces. The perfect full circle Gift .
The Lord loves a cheerful giver And a cheerful receiver. It’s good for the Spirit.
“A joyful heart is like good medicine, but a broken Spirit dries up the bones” Proverbs 17:22
How about it friends? Do you have a story of tradition or blessing to share? What gives your heart Joy during the holidays?
We would Love to hear it!
Deck The Halls! 2012
New Life New Traditions now in 2015- often celebrating here The Social Scene
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