Anyone who has ever visited our house, known us for any length of time or has read this blog for a while knows that we love to fill our home with objects that remind us of important seasons in our life.
In our home we don’t have any art bought from Bed Bath and Beyond. All of our art, except one piece is an original. Most of them we bought them from the artist. Many of our pieces I actually created and the ones I didn’t we usually picked up on our travels. It isn’t just the art thought, EVERYTHING in our house reminds us of a story. This can be dangerous if you ever visit our home, get ready for the tour of a thousand stories….and you though the home movies were bad!
The thing is that we love having reminders in our life. This is why we do the Fall Party each year, why we have a seashells on our mantle from our honeymoon, why we have hundreds of empty wine bottles displayed above our cabinets (each one has a paper attached telling the story of why we opened the bottle). We surround ourselves with memories of the things we love.
It isn’t just reminiscing though. We surround ourselves with the things that remind us of our passions and keep us thinking about how we can achieve the life we want to live in the future. Keeping our goals in front of us all the time is helping us reach them.
Which tells the story better?
So here we are at Christmas, a very meaningful and important time to us. As Christians and as people who love all the activities that go along with this season. We unpack our decorations, including an ever-expanding Dickens Village and Christmas themed martini glasses, both of which have great stories and significance.
Then comes the tree. And until this year I never thought about how our tree doesn’t say anything about us. It looks awesome, if I do say so myself, but it could be directly from a store display. In fact many people have told us that they thought we just bought the display.
I went to a friend’s house for a Christmas ornament Decorating party and her tree blew me away. It was the story of their lives. They had ornaments that represented so many life events and the strive to “scrapbook” their lives through their tree. What a great idea. She has some very unique ornaments:
She also has some ornaments from around the world. Places her sister visited. Why don’t I have any of those????
We love buying souvenirs that become decor in our home why not ornaments?
They are starting a new tradition this year to cut a small section off the trunk of their tree, which they cut down out of the forest themselves. They will date and lacquer it to hang on their tree next year.
I have always been proud of our tree, but next year I think we are going to start telling our story through ornaments. I think this is what so many people are trying to do with all the “baby’s first Christmas” and Kids first homemade Christmas ornaments. In the same way…hopefully a bit more creatively, I want our tree to tell our story. The ups and downs and seasons. I want part of our Christmas traditions with our kids to be putting up the ornaments and reliving and retelling our story as we remember and retell the story of Jesus.
What do you put on your tree? Are you using it to build traditions and tell the story of your family? We are going to start.