blame it on the tinsel and the sentimental...

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its strange what you remember isn't it?

 

one of my strongest christmas memories is of our tree. 

it's funny, i never remember decorating it, although i know i did because we have pictures of me doing so.  

i only remember the finished product.  

an ornament stuffed tree, and tinsel. 

so much tinsel.

 

i hated that tinsel.

i thought it was cheesy. 

i loved sitting around the tree, and the lights and the "feeling" but i thought i knew more about decorating a tree.

probably because i was young and thought i was much more sophisticated than my “older” mom, in fashion and taste. 

 

 

in the early years of marriage, and even with our children, i had the “styled” tree.

it was the tree i SHOPPED for. 

i dreamed up the vision and executed it. 

it was glorious.

perfection. 

the kids got older, and i kept my perfect tree.

i got them a tree for all of their homemade decorations and the ones that they were getting to save. 

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the past few years, my taste has changed. 

 

call me old.

call me sentimental.

call me nostalgic. 

 

but i’m hooked. 

 

i go through those homemade and mounds of decorations that we have accumulated over the years, and the treasure is ALL MINE, as i hang , and loop, and remember. 

 

i pile them all on. 

you can never have too many memories…

or class.

so i merge them both. :)

 

and this year i added tinsel.

 

my kids hate it. 

i don’t care. 

 

that tinsel sparkles and shows off the trove of treasures that weigh down the boughs of my tall pine (the tree - it’s fake...but tall pine sounded better ::)

 

i’m sure my kids wish for a simpler, more stylish tree.

yes, they have poked fun at me. 

but i don’t care. 

 

my bountiful, sparkling tree holds the tangible treasures of my heart in the most beautiful way. 

 

one day i'm sure they will see it all. 

it’s strange what you remember isn’t it? :)