An Unfortunate Christmas Tree

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For many years, I had a “themed” Christmas tree. Only star shaped ornaments in gold, silver, or white were allowed. The kids first moved in with us at Thanksgiving in 2009 and by the time Christmas came around, there hadn’t been time for them to make any of those homemade ornaments that I knew would ruin my tree. In 2010, I had a great solution – I bought them their own little miniature trees to keep in their rooms. I tried my best to make it seem like this was a favor to them – and not merely a way to keep their beaded wreaths and foam ornaments off my tree. It worked well for a few years, but this year I finally gave in. I can’t control everything, even though I still wish I could. I still haven’t caved on Santa though …

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Happy Holidays

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As an adult, I rarely get Christmas gifts anymore – it’s mostly about the kids now. But the last couple years, I’ve received two simple gifts that I’ll keep forever (which is saying a lot, because there are very few things that I keep at all). Aunt S usually gives us a card at Christmas that is scrapbook worthy (if I had one). Her personal messages are very heartfelt and it means a lot to me that we have the approval of a member of our kids’ first family. I feel very confident knowing that Aunt S has confidence in us. And, of course, it’s obvious that I value her just as much. At the risk of being cliché, I really do believe that the best gifts are the relationships that we’re blessed with, even the unexpected ones.

Card from Aunt S

Card from Aunt S

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