Monday, December 10, 2007
Decorating the tree
Last week for Family Home Evening, the boys and I decorated the Christmas tree. Lance was still recuperating(he is doing much better, by the way) and Price was asleep, so it was just me, Jonathan, Levi, and Seth. We turned on the Christmas music(there is a station here that plays Christmas music 24/7 from Thanksgiving day to Christmas-103.5 FM) and pulled out our box of unbreakable ornaments and went to work. It was a very nice evening together. We enjoyed the tree all lit up and finding our favorite ornaments to place on the tree. I just love the time when the Christmas decorations come out of storage and are placed in just the right spot in our home to make it the most Christmasy it can be.
There was a young married man(Jeremy Murdock-one of our favorite friends) who bore his testimony at church last week and said how he could really feel the spirit in his home after he and his wife had gotten their tree up. And it is so true. For some reason, the lights and the smells, and the decorations, and the anticipation of being with family and exchanging gifts really do help a person to feel the spirit more strongly. This was totally confirmed last weekend when Elder David A. Bednar came to our stake conference and instructed us. It has been 27 years or so since an apostle has come to the Fullerton, CA stake to preside over a conference. Well it was totally worth the wait. He told us some amazing things and I could go on for a long time about it. But one thing that he covered in his closing remarks was some scripture references that relate Christ to a tree. (1 Nephi 8:10-12, 1 Nephi 11, Alma 32:37, Alma 33:22-23-read them and you will get the jist of it) The way he spoke and tied all of the verses together, the spirit was so strong in that meeting and then he told us that he hoped that we would never look at a Christmas tree the same again. It was one of those meetings that you really had to be there and me telling you about it will not do his sermon justice, but I will never look at a Christmas tree the same. Anyway, I love this holiday season! We are having a great time preparing for the family celebrations where we commemorate the birth of our Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Oh, one more thing. The boys and I slept on the floor underneath the tree after we decorated it. It was so much fun to have a slumber party with my kids! (Actually, I got into my warm bed after they all fell asleep, so I only had a little mini slumber party) But they love the idea of that tradition every year.
Levi put all of his decorations in the same area.
Jonathan realized the importance of decorating the back of the tree, so that people outside our home could see some ornaments too!
Seth breaking one of our unbreakable ornaments.
Some of my favorites-
An ornament given to me by my sister, Linda. It is just like the one's we use to put on our Grandma Smithson's tree every year when we would help her decorate her tree because she just didn't feel up to doing it by herself. When these are placed directly over a light, the warm air causes the little piece inside to spin. They are so pretty!
This is an actual ornament that my grandma used on her tree. I don't know how I ended up with it, but I am so glad to have this to remind me of my wonderful grandma.
I love how the glaze on this Santa shines in the lights.
Brenda Rushforth, who was once Jonathan's primary teacher, gave him this nativity set a few years ago. It is tiny and made of plastic and the kids love it and I don't mind if they play with it because they can't break it. This year it sits at kid level in our front window. Jonathan arranged it this way. Isn't it so great how children even know that Christ should be in the center?