Hi friends! Christmas is 9 days away, and in some ways I can’t believe it’s almost here – the end of 2019 is near. But in other ways, it feels like it’s about time it arrived (maybe because I’ve had our house decorated since November 9th…). Either way, I am fully enjoying this cozy and hope filled season, and I hope you are too. If you’re finding it to be a struggle this year to get in the Christmas spirit, it’s not too late to turn it around. You check out this post to find some tips for combatting those Christmas blues and bring some extra cheer to the next 9 days.
Today I’m excited to share with you the ornament I chose to add to our Christmas tree this year. Even after 6 years of marriage, I still feel like we are establishing some of our own holiday traditions, but one thing we have done each year is add at least one ornament to our collection that in some way sums up the year for us. Some years I’ve made ornaments, and sometimes I buy them. Sometimes I even buy an ornament and add our own twist to it. (You can check out our 2013 collection and 2014 ornament here). But no matter how we acquire them, they always end up bringing a smile to my face when I see them hanging on our tree as I remember the moments they represent.
This year I didn’t have a specific idea in mind as I headed to Target to scan the aisles for an ornament, but I trusted that as I went along something would pop out at me. After looking through the bins for a little bit, I arrived at the idea of a tree, and here’s why: This year has been one full of a lot of growth for us and a tree seems to represent that concept well. 2019 has held a variety of changes, curveballs, and decisions for us – much more than I think we’ve been used to in recent years. Through those circumstances, we’ve both experienced some individual growth, but most specifically, our marriage has grown in entirely new and life-changing ways as a result of better communication both within and outside of those circumstances. God has significantly shifted our marriage this year, and I want to forever remember the growth that occurred in 2019.
Once I settled on that idea, I just had to find the right ornament. I had a different ornament in my hand that was good enough, but when I turned down the last aisle and saw this one, it was an immediate connection. Two trees to represent the two of us, inside a little house to represent the growth that has happened in our home this year. It’s the ornament that I didn’t even realize I was looking for.
Just like the rest of the ornaments we’ve added throughout the years, I’ll smile each time I pull it out and hang it on our tree for all of the years to come.
Do you add a new ornament to your tree each year? Do you usually put any meaning behind your choice? Let me know in comments! I’d love to hear.