Tradition is something very special in our family. Each year, we do things that we've done for years in the past--things I've always done, but my oldest sisters and brother might remember the beginning of these special occasions. On the night we decorate our tree, we make bratwurst stew, plug in all our Christmas lights, and after dinner sit down and make a paper chain to adorn the tree. Once the paper-chain is prepared and placed on the tree, we start getting out ornaments. Old ones, new ones, hand-made ones, and ornaments we have picked up in our travels.
Our trees never have the "store-bought", fancy look to them. We have antique ornaments that have been passed down for generations, pieces of popcorn on hooks, and even an orange rind that has been on our trees in the past, for years. It isn't just the novelty of having a live tree in our home, and decorating it, but the precious time spent with family, celebrating the season of Christ's birth, and enjoying being alive.
Happy Tuesday friends! xo, mikailah