More than just a tree with tinsel
Variety of Christmas trees
Over the years I've had a variety of Christmas trees. Some have been originals that somehow found their way into my home. Others have been of the potted variety and have barely lasted the season. I've had green, red, gold and glitter trees. One even played an array of Christmas carols. Unfortunately, it didn't last long as it drove everyone nuts.
A tree saved
Lately, I've been using a tree saved from my friend's garbage collection. And it has served me very well. They do say one man's trash can be another man's treasure.
More treasures have come to me through years of collecting decorations. Some are old and dated, some are new and modern. But each piece has a very special meaning.
A beautiful angel
On top of my tree sits a beautiful angel. She has been around since I was a new bride putting up my very first Christmas tree. She is the symbol of peace, love, joy and hope – the ultimate gift of Christmas.
The three colours of tinsel are lovingly placed, if sometimes a little lopsided. Each colour signifies the birth of one of my children. And the different kinds of Christmas trinkets hanging from the branches were specially purchased, in the year each of my six grandchildren was born.
Brightly coloured birds and butterflies
And then there are the brightly coloured birds and butterflies clinging precariously to the branches. Their presence is a reminder of those in my life who are no longer with us. The birds and butterflies not only indicate the importance of these people, but represent the gifts they have left behind.
The twinkling lights shining through the branches are all the smiles that have shown me the way when times get tough, as they sometimes do.
And the gifts, fondly wrapped and placed under the tree are for those who continue to make a difference in my life. It's just my small way of saying thank you.
The cards displayed around my tree are best wishes from family and friends. They remind me of how blessed I am.
Symbols of my life
My Christmas tree is not the most modern. It doesn't wear the latest fashions. And there's no little train running around underneath. My tree is a symbol of my life and those in it. For me, it's also a reminder of God's gifts, which we share at Christmas.
May these ultimate gifts of peace, love, joy and hope be yours now and throughout the coming New Year.