Thursday, December 13, 2012

12 Days of Christmas Guests: Day 2, a little something from Bernadette Marie

One of my favorite parts of Christmas is the tree. I could have one in each room, and in time, perhaps I will.  In the past two years we have started putting up two trees.  One is the traditional one filled with all the the artwork brought home by my kiddos over the years, and some from when I was little too.  And the other tree is filled with silver ornaments that my mother gives the kids each year with their name on them.  Well you might imagine, my eldest son is 14, and I have five sons. So we get five new silver ornaments a year.  My little "silver" tree is nearly full, but it is fabulous!!!

However, my favorite will always be the one filled with the construction paper heirlooms and misc hand-print crafts. The tradition of these ornaments have even inspired my writing as well.  In my book CART BEFORE THE HORSE, Gabe and Holly's parents send boxes of their childhood ornaments to them for their first Christmas together.  One of the ornaments described was an angel made from a coffee filter. My 2nd eldest son made one of these in preschool and it has always been one of my favorites. I take an extra moment with it each year as I hang it on the tree. It brings back so many nice memories and now I think of Holly and Gabe when I hang it on the tree as well.

Tree inspiration courtesy of Sarah Schey
Yesterday my cousin posted a picture of her tree. It is decorated with blue bags from Tiffany's! It's brilliant! I told her I'd be writing that into LOVE SONGS! So I asked her, why a blue Tiffany's tree? She said she loved the bags. Every time she has her jewelry cleaned or fixed she takes it there and they return it in a blue bag. If the picture of her tree made me that happy I can only imagine how happy it makes her each year.

The Christmas tree. Something so simple, yet so personal. How do you decorate your tree?

Merry Christmas!
Bernadette Marie

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  1. I use to do two trees, one full of the kids homemade goodies, one was red and gold. The kids no longer like the "kid tree" so we are down to the red and gold one. Less work for me :)

  2. Wonderful story, Bernadette. It is amazing how each family can latch on to its own unique traditions. Many Blessings to you and your family for Christmas.