Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Oh, Christmas Tree

I am feeling all better now. Thank you all so much for all of your well wishes. It makes me happy to know that you all care. It was a rough couple of days, but somehow there where a few good moments. The first magical moments of the Christmas season are always good in some way. How can they not be? There is magic in the air.
I got my real tree. The one that so many of you warned me against. This is the first real tree that I have had since my parents got divorced when I was twelve years old. The smell alone brings back a lot of happy memories. And isn't that what Christmas is all about? Memories and traditions?
It becomes obvious that my tree is a link to my past as I look over the ornaments. Of course, there are two very precious baby's first Christmas ornaments and the ones that Super Z has made in preschool over the years, but there are also some not so obvious pieces of memorabilia.
There is the giant red ball that I got last year when ball was one of Princess H's only words. Everyday she would point and stare and say ball a million times. Every time I see that ball I will see my baby with only those four teeth in the front. I will see her smiling and pointing and discovering the joy of Christmas. Oh man, you can't beat that.
There is the car that Randy and I bought together on our first Christmas. We were broke, so we had a hideously small fake tree and about ten ornaments, mostly hand me downs. I remember sitting there for hours, in the dark, admiring the magic of our first tree. I remember thinking that it was the prettiest tree I'd ever seen. I still think that every single year. I remember Randy's joy over the car that I had picked out in honor of his love of all things automobile. I remember still being amazed that I was his wife. It was all so new. It was all too perfect.
There are the hand painted wooded ornaments of my childhood. These were painted by my Mom sometime before my memory begins. They have been a part of my Christmas tree tradition my entire life. They bring back everything from the Christmas that I learned to ride a bike to the Christmas that I had my first job at McDonald's. I can't imagine Christmas without these old guys. They are the Hallmark of my Christmas tree, the gaurdians of the magic.
There is also the silver glitter apple. I was a 6th grade teacher the Christmas that Super Z was born. The day that I was induced, December 20, also happened to be the last day of school before Christmas break. One of my students came to the hospital to see the baby (the CLASS baby) and brought me this apple. I remember being so happy that her Mom had gone to the effort to bring her. I remember being so proud to introduce my baby to one of my first kids. When I see this apple, I am flooded with love for all of my first kids. I miss them all so much at this time of year.
I could go on and on. There are at least a hundred ornaments and memories on my tree. I hope to keep adding to them for a long time to come. I hope that your trees make you feel this way too. I hope that you make a hundred new memories this Christmas and I hope that they are all magical.


WorksForMom said...

Glad you're feeling better Serina. Bloggyville missed ya. There's just something about decorating a tree with ornaments that each have their own story!

John said...

I was so glad to see your comment on my blog because I knew that meant that you had posted your blog today. I checked a little bit ago and when I didn't see a post, I thought that you were feeling too poorly to write and keep up your post a day streak.
Thanks for sharing your family Christmas tree.

Bren said...

So good to see that you're feeling better! Thanks for sharing your memories. I love the line about the wooden ornaments being "the guardians of the magic."

Amanda said...

You've definitely got one meaningful tree there!

Jessica said...

So glad you are feeling better. The tree is beautiful.

I tagged you for a meme, gee just what you want to hear after being sick, http://stevenbrycesmom.blogspot.com/

Mom Chatter said...

So glad that you are feeling better!!

You have a lot of wonderful "magic" on your tree! I LOVE all our ornaments, too... the memories! Now, we just have to work on the tree... we still have the 4 ft. fake tree!! :)

ANYWAY, thanks for sharing yours! :)