Thursday, December 10, 2009

It's Beginning to Look {a little} Like Christmas

Truth be told, I haven't really been full of the Christmas spirit this season. I think I could be in Christmas denial, but I want to blame it on the heavy birthday season that is coming upon us. I couldn't really think about Jackson's birthday (party) until Thanksgiving was over. And then, I couldn't start thinking about Taylor's birthday (this Sunday) until Jackson's was over. And then we have Christmas and Carter's birthday to end the year.

I've been going through the motions, just hoping for survival at the end.

Earlier in the week I decided it was time to start getting our Christmas trees up. Through past experience, I know better than to decorate the house before Jackson's party. If you recall the party from two years ago, the party goers flipped over my sofa during their banshee-style siege on my house.

As I started to decorate the tree in our formal living room I came upon an ornament that said, "celebrate" and another that said, "peace & joy." And I burst into tears. (I think the Christmas music in the background had something to do with it, too. It was "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.") It was a sweet and tender reminder that I'm not doing all of this for my children or myself. I'm doing it to celebrate the birth and life of my Savior. And suddenly, everything seemed much more important and took on a new perspective. It truly is the most wonderful time of the year.

And I realized that Mrs. Scrooge was gone and Lera was back.

And while I was busying myself in the red room, two little helper elves were decorating our little white tree in the upstairs hall.

Complete with a snowy village. These vintage houses belonged to Mom-Mom. Sawyer was so happy when he saw a temple (really a church with a steeple that he called a temple). We used some scrap white fleece and tulle to make it snowy and magical.

And then I remembered I had a few vintage ornaments from Mom-Mom that needed to go on the tree. Many decades ago my grandparents loved to bowl. I guess someone gave them this ornament for Christmas one year.

And this sweet vintage candy cane, which was one of several, but the one in the best shape.

I am grateful for the tender mercy given to me to that reminds me of the true meaning of this Christmas season. It is such an important thing and I lost sight of it. But in the end, I found it. Or maybe it found me.


Brenda said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family Lera. I really love that little village. I've never seen one like it before. When I was a child I don't remember ever seeing Christmas villages. Don't know when they came around in this part of the country.

lisa said...

I wish you could send some of that Scroogelessness over here to me. We don’t even have our tree up yet!

nikko said...

So glad that the Spirit found you. :o) Now send some of that decorating energy my way!

Machelle said...

Thank you for the reminder. Im going to focus on why I decorate and why I celebrate.

amandajean said...

that is so great. i need a little Christmas cheer. do you have any extra to spare for your twin?