We were the young couple. We made rules for the "family Christmas tree" that must be observed yearly.
It must have colored lights. White lights can go on other trees...but our family tree of memories is only lit with colored lights.
There will be an angel on top our tree. My maiden name is SHEPHERD. The Angels told the Shepherd's about the birth of Christ. Having an Angel on my tree reminds me of my family and humble beginnings. The Star brought the rich, wise men to the manger.
Over the years, the family Christmas tree would become a Touchstone of memories. To decorate our tree, is to hold 33 years of marriage in our hands, our good times and our bad times. It is emotional. Sometimes it is painful...I pick up the ornament from that year and tears fill my eyes. I pick up another and a giggle escapes.
It is with pride that I share with friends what each ornament represented and why it's on the tree.
|Christmas Tree 2012|
1987 - Cardinals
|1989 - The year we learned how much FUN it is to be Mr. & Mrs. Santa!|
(Our Son's second Christmas)
|1984 - A year where LOVE was ALL we had.|
|1986 - The year we lost our first baby in pregnancy two weeks before Christmas. My heart full of pain, my husband wanted me |
to know I was always his Sweetheart.
|2009 - The year I got an Ipod. I amused my husband by "be-bopping" to the Newsboys while riding the mower.|
|2010 - Another one of THOSE years. I was diagnosed with breast cancer while mom was dying from it. One ornament|
is hers, and one is mine. She died Dec. 17th that year.