An Unfortunate Christmas Tree


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 …


Peace is a gift


So far this year, I’ve been exploring the idea of peace, simply because it’s something that I want for my life and my family. Clearly, peace is something that we should all strive for, but I think that in our striving, we often find it unexpectedly. No matter our religious persuasion, and no matter how hard we work, I believe that internal peace is a gift, and one that we should be thankful for, even if it’s fleeting.