Oh Christmas Tree


First things first- yeah, yeah…I know…you’re wondering where I’ve been, yes? Uggh…to blog or not to blog today..that has been the forefront of my every thought, every single day for the past 3 weeks! I touched on this in my last post, but honestly I’ve been preoccupied with family things and I haven’t gotten to the point in blogging where I’ve created a writing schedule and I’m certainly not as organized as I should be so therefore my blog get’s put on the back burner. BUT- there is hope! One of my goals for 2015 is to get organized as far as my blog is concerned. So- no- I’m not going anywhere and you’re just stuck with me. 🙂 I have great plans for you and I in 2015, oh yes I do! So, about today’s post:

Oh Christmas Tree

…why is it that I woke up yesterday morning to find that only 1/4 of your lights were working?? I mean really??? Do you know how long it took me to wrap those lights around almost every single branch? Gggggrrrrrrrrr.

I know what you’re thinking: “isn’t it a pre-lit tree?” Ding ding ding!!! Well, actually, YES, yes it is! But, after the first two years the lights quit working so I’ve had to just string my own. How nice.

Oh Christmas Tree

Do you see? Only the tip of the tree is lit. Uuugggh…why??!!! The STRUGGLE IS REAL folks. Maybe the reason is because it has like 7393877 strands of lights attached to it?  Any tips on how to fix this would be appreciated!! Otherwise from now till Christmas I’ll be walking by in mourning that only part of my tree shines. And then I’ll get cranky. And that’s never good.

On the reals, the Christmas tree is a huge significance during Christmas time for me. It signifies so much and is a constant in our household, as is in most American households. No matter the season we are in as a family (specifically not speaking about the four parts of the year, but rather; any period or time) the christmas tree will always be there in December. Whether we’ve had a particularly sucky stressful year, or an extremely joyful year, it’s there. It is adorned with ornaments about our life. Ornaments like those that my two beauties made in grade school. Ornaments that were gifts from old friends. Ornaments that John and the girls handmade. On my tree is a collection of everything that I love.  I love that my tree has handmade ornaments and decorative ornaments that are hung side by side.  We have ONE tree in our house at Christmas time, and one tree only. It’s what I love.

We have lots of  traditions at Christmas time, one of them being that we all put the ornaments on the tree together. I pull each ornament out one by one, and we all gather and talk about the significance of each ornament. It’s just important to me. I love memories; well most of them anyway. <insert stunned face emoji here>

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Did you know that the Christmas tree apparently symbolizes life, or the birth of Christ? There are a couple theories about the meaning, but I think it’s just so cool.  Jesus Christ has been a part of everything about our tree; and ultimately, I see it as a symbol of his beauty. It truly is a symbol of life. Life in Him. Our lives in Him.

So does everyone already have their tree up? Do you do one tree, multiple trees? What traditions do you have? I’d love to hear them!

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  1. Jennie says:

    Beautiful tree despite only being partially lit! I love a huge tree like this – the bigger the better. So glad to see you back – you have been missed. 🙂 Happy Holidays, Shannon!
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  2. Glad to hear that you’re not going anywhere! Beautiful Christmas tree even though the lights won’t cooperate. To me, there is something so peaceful about a Christmas tree. Putting up the tree is so much more fun now that we have kids. They won’t leave us alone the day after Thanksgiving until we bring it out. Have a great Christmas week, Shannon! ~Cyntthia
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