See, this time of year is my absolute favorite. I start decorating as soon as I can sneak it past my hubby. He thinks Christmas carols shouldn't be played till Christmas eve and that the decorations don't come out till the day after Thanksgiving. ;-) He's really not a Scrooge, he just doesn't think it should come out till December . I get that. Some people are that way. Me? I'd probably start after Halloween if he'd let me.
So a few weeks ago I just had a thought hit me. I need to go through our stuff and start seeing what I want out. It's a new house and our first year here so I'm super excited about all the ways we can decorate. I have a fireplace now and a big front porch. You know, the key decorating spots.
So Boo Bear and I start pulling things out to go through them and check on them. Also to let them air out because I do NOT want to bring any spiders or creepy things in the house WITH the decorations.
Well I go through a few boxes and find that somehow one of my globes got broken and my homemade tree skirt is absolutely ruined. I was a little upset but ok. These things can be replaced. Gives me a reason to sew again, right?
After going through all the boxes, I realize I can't find the actual ornaments that go on the tree. I sort of panic but realize there's a tote on the top of the shelf that my sweet hubby will have to get down when he gets home. I'm sure that's where they are.
They weren't. I turned this entire house upside down looking for that tote. I KNOW we got things out of our house before we moved. EVERYTHING and I mean EVERYTHING else for Christmas is here. So where is that box?? Why is that the one box missing?
Needless to say, I was extremely upset and heartbroken. I cried most of that day. It was 11 years of memories wrapped up into little tiny items that we remembered as we put them on the tree. It was ornaments made for our wedding. It was ornaments that we got for our first Christmas and Boo Bears first Christmas. It was ornaments we bought on all our trips we had taken as a couple. One like this one that, thankfully, my mom had a copy of.
While it was extremely upsetting, it taught me a lot. Things I think I knew but really got a good lesson on it when this happened.
1. Things are just that. Things - It's not a person. It's an object. It symbolizes memories but the memories are what's precious. While I have all those memories, I can make new ones too. Keeping those memories alive is in telling them and passing them down. I have them in my heart and they can never go away from there.
2. My son is a compassionate and kind soul -. I honestly knew that but what he did still amazes me. He knew how upset I was. I took some time and went to the store by myself so I could just let it all sink in and get downtime. When I came back this child had been busy. He was making me ornaments to put on my tree. Handmade ornaments were something I lost and he was trying his best to replace them. Those paper ornaments are on my tree now and I will do my best to protect them. He also got his Mimi to pick out an ornament from him so he could give it to us for our anniversary.
3. Make New Memories - Yes I knew that but still. We are making new memories with each day. Like our recent visit to Chattanooga. We got an ornament to start our new collection with.
5. It's ok to start over. - That's exactly what it felt like. I had to start all over. And that's okay. Thankfully my mom is as much a Christmas addict as I am and had plenty to share with us. :)
6. It's all about the manger. - That's really what it all boils down to. It's about the most precious gift that was given to us. That amazing baby born to save the world. No matter how many decorations we have out, it's about Jesus and his coming to this Earth to save us. The peace I have only comes from Him. His voice came through loud and clear in the middle of this moment.
So, we have started over. Our tree looks beautiful and new memories are being made. New ornaments or passed down ornaments from my parents, have taken over and made it a beautiful tree once again.