Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
I’m looking at the most exquisite Christmas tree ever – not because it’s elaborate, expensive, or customized, because it’s none of those things. The reason is because it’s an expression of our family’s love, togetherness, and building our own traditions. Personally, I could do without the tree (since I believe Christmas is birthed in our hearts 24/7, not just during this season), but I was vetoed 3-1, so we have a tree and some lights. I even broke down and spent $1 on some red and green gel clings that I enthusiastically added to the sliding glass door in the kitchen. Cheery. When I tried to peel them off the plastic transfer sheet, I realized why they were only $1…grrrr! But it’s for the children, right?
Back to the tree. To me, it first appeared unplanned, un-color coordinated, and not monochromatic (what can I say? I love simple white lights). Yet, to my 4 and 6 year-old munchkins beaming with pride that their decorations have completed this year’s tree, it’s nothing short of a masterpiece. It is colorful, bearing the imprint, insignia, fingerprint, and signature of each of their unique personalities expressed through original ornaments made at school. My husband even added my daughter’s Rudolph (complete with sparkly red puffball nose) to the tree, which is twice the size of all the other ornaments (including the star). Now I don’t recall why we didn’t have a star last year, but the one my hubby found and nestled among the top branches was a great crowning glory. As he snores away, I’m enjoying his handiwork with a smile of admiration. And I reminisce with fond memories of my own first handmade ornament – a spectacular popsicle stick glitter glue-covered Star of David…I’ll bet my mom still has it…somewhere.
On second thought, I think our tree is perfect – just like they do. 🙂
© Copyright 2009 by Kayren J. Cathcart
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”