Since Little A was born, I’d been waiting for her to be old enough to have a tree in her room. Growing up, my brother and I both had 4 1/2 foot trees in our rooms. My mom decorated my brother’s and I did my own of course. I spent hours decorating my tree; taking each ornament out of the package carefully, looking at my favorites for the longest time. I cherished those ornaments and took special care of them year after year.
So this year, when it was time to break out the Christmas decorations, I knew it was the year for Little A to get a tree in her room.
My mom couldn’t find my tree, but she still had my brothers; which makes this tree even more special. We brought the boxes of my old ornaments up to her room and she started looking through them. Some of these ornaments are almost 30 years old.
I did the garland and then Little A and I started putting the ornaments on. She picked out her favorites, claiming, “This one is so beautiful. It’s so gorgeous!” And I told her which ones were my favorite. She admired them as she hung them on the tree. She asked questions if she wasn’t familiar with a particular one and I told her stories about my favorite ornaments. Some of my favorites seem to be her favorites as well.
This had to be one of my favorite moments from the year. Passing these ornaments and traditions onto my little girl means so much to me. I thank my mom so much for all the work, thought and love she put into creating these wonderful memories for me that I’m able to share with my own family now.
Little A has been so good not to disturb the ornaments. Well, most of them. 🙂 She will sit and admire the tree as I once did when I was little.
We have lots of family traditions and memories that we’re enjoying passing down to Little A. But this tree is by far my favorite.
Question of the day: Do you have any special Christmas memories that you’re passing onto your kids, or would like to some day? I’d love to hear them!
Happy Monday friends!