A Time-Honored Christmas Tradition: Decorating the Tree with My Family

It’s indeed the season for honoring cherished Christmas traditions and believe me, that isn’t lost on me. I know I’ve said it a million times before, but as my daughter rounds out her last few years of high school, our precious (and fleeting) time together feels more and more important with each passing moment. I’ve become hyper-aware of all of the things I am going to miss when she heads off to college. And it’s fascinating for me to hear about all the things that she’s going to miss. It seems like we’ve asked a lot of questions lately, that come with the great unknown that is her future college years, especially because we still have no idea what college she will be attending. Will I make good friends? Will I like my roommate? Will the whole family be able to come visit me at college? Will I get to come home for Thanksgiving AND Christmas?

We often talk through all of the options and possibilities and how so many of the answers depend on all of the potential scenarios that we can’t possibly foresee yet. (See what I mean about the great unknown?) In about a year, many of these answers will be answered when we find out where she was accepted, but between now and then, I want to focus on cherishing our time together instead of living in the college questions rabbit hole.

This holiday season has been a perfect reminder of how quickly things are changing. As our girls get older, life gets busier and we spend less and less time together as a family.  Our family unit has been so busy we literally had no time to decorate our Christmas tree together until yesterday. We’ve had our lights-only tree for a few weeks but because we’ve got a family tradition of decorating the tree together each year, we waited to unpack the ornaments until we were all together. And believe me, it was worth the wait. This year as we marveled over every treasured trinket and handmade bauble, I realized more than ever how important each decoration is to the family. Our traditional tree trimming means as much to the rest of the family as it does to me, and that is the best Christmas present I could ever ask for.

Capturing this timely tradition and sharing with you seemed the perfect way to honor something this special.

What are some of your cherished holiday traditions?


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