THE CHRISTMAS TREE WITH HEART
Our family Christmas tree shares special meaning. The small, narrow Christmas tree adorned with our family ornaments tugs at my heartstrings as each ornament is placed carefully on the tree. These ornaments in varying shapes, sizes, and colors carry many years of memories for us.
The Glittering Gold Tree
The family Christmas tree is not as large, elaborate or decorative as our designer tree. Our designer tree sits in the living room near the large front window. At night, the lights twinkle through the front window as the stylish Christmas tree sits on display for neighbors and passersby to enjoy. The primary color of this particular tree is a glittering gold – gold crosses, glittering gold churches, gold poinsettias, gold glass spheres, and a gold and burlap ribbon gracefully adorn the tree. Pops of color from large glass ornaments in burnt orange and turquoise are randomly placed on the branches while a sparkling tree skirt encircles the lowermost portion of the tree. Our glittering gold tree with all its glory!
The Small Narrow Tree
In the adjacent family room, a second Christmas tree is positioned in the corner. The small family tree is much more simplistic and is placed in a modest urn, from where it proudly sits. Our more significant designer Christmas tree stands in a beautiful handmade basket with a luxurious tree skirt gathered around the basket. It’s a very stylish tree. I love both trees, and I take much care in trimming the trees. However, regardless of the beauty and ornateness of the designer tree, my heart fills with love for our small, humble family Christmas tree fondly referred to as the Christmas tree with heart!
The Story Behind the Tree
Every ornament on this tree has a story from our custom family ornament created in 2000 that lists each family member to the handmade ornaments from our sons’ youth. These ornaments made from clay represented our sons’ interests when they were young boys. A computer for Robert, a bear swinging a baseball bat for Spencer, and a boy scout for Barrett. Our first Christmas ornament from 1987 is a bit faded along with a dozen or so handmade ornaments from friends and family. Four or five small antique ornaments purchased from a local antique shop have survived years of packing and unpacking. The small red ducks on the decorations have chipped in places, but each chip represents another year of togetherness.
Beauty in the Chipped and Faded
I see beauty in the faded and chipped ornaments. I see beauty in this small, slender tree. This tree tells a story. It holds over three decades of Christmas celebrations and joy. The placement of this special family tree is important. It is positioned purposefully in our family room where we gather together surrounded by everyone and everything we hold dear.
Generations of Love
Although there are various stories of how the Christmas tree came about, there is only one story of the creation of our family tree. This family Christmas tree was fashioned by a family of five, built on generations of love, traditions, challenges, and most of all faith. It’s not the largest tree or the most luxurious tree, but it is the most treasured Christmas tree, and it is our tree.
We Too are Chosen and Treasured
I am so thankful God does not choose who He loves based on appearances. Much like our special family Christmas tree, God chooses us based on our hearts. God does not choose us because we are the biggest, the brightest or the most splendid. God chose us because of His love for us.
“God wasn’t attracted to you and didn’t choose you because you were big and important—the fact is, there was almost nothing to you. He did it out of sheer love, keeping the promise he made to your ancestors.” Deuteronomy 7:7 (The Message)
When We are Faithful
God chooses people not because of their fame or importance. He chooses people based on their willingness to serve with a grateful heart. God loves the faithful. Much like our family Christmas tree with our chosen and faithful ornaments, we are God’s chosen based on our faithfulness.
And when you are faithful, “He keeps his covenant of loyal love with those who love him and observe his commandments for a thousand generations.” Deuteronomy 7:9 (The Message)May your Christmas be filled with faith, family, and friends, and most of all the love of Christ. Click To Tweet
Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas!