Christmas Memories

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You can ask almost anyone if they have a great Christmas memory and more than likely they immediately start to smile. Christmas is, of course, the most joyous holiday we celebrate each year. If you ask me that question, I’m certain I could rattle off a story or two. But one of my favorite things about Christmas is recalling the beauty of Christmas and our house filled with decorations.

Now my favorite decoration at Christmas has always been a Christmas tree. There is just something warm and inviting about the glow and sparkle of them. They beckon you to come and sit for a while. You can get lost in your thoughts for hours just gazing at them. Whether they are real or artificial doesn’t really matter once they have been adorned with their seasonal jewelry!

Although there are literally thousands of ways to decorate one, I love it best when they are personalized to the family. What do I mean by that? Well, let me describe our Christmas tree. Now there are some traditional things on our tree, like white lights and tinsel. But our tree is decked out in ornaments that are truly significant to our family.

For instance, we have ornaments that have been gifted to us by family and friends. Then there are the ones that Darrell and I began picking out as a couple each year after we were married: our first Christmas, baby’s first Christmas. You get the idea.

One of our ornaments is an original replica of the Planters Peanut factory that was located here in my hometown. Why? Because my dad worked there for years, and I put that one up every year to remember him by……….