Happy December- A Note from Me
It’s not what’s under the Christmas tree that matters, it’s who’s around it…”Charlie Brown
I saw this quote a few days ago and although it is simple, it’s important.
As I’m typing this post, I’m currently sitting in a pair of old Christmas pajamas admiring our beautifully lit tree. From the red sparkly ornaments to the shiny deep green, each has a special place that was carefully hung. Our “first” ornament as a married couple is centered directly in the middle hanging from a branch dominantly longer than the rest.
Each corner of our small Seattle apartment is decorated with red and green and white, enclosing us in to our cozy couch. The feeling of Christmas is certainly in the air, but I can’t help but think that what makes it so special is the time we spent together making this space our own.
This year is our first Christmas together as a married couple, and I can feel our own traditions coming to life. As he meticulously placed our tree in to its stand, I stood back watching, baking Christmas cookies in the kitchen. Together we spread out decorations across the apartment and listened to Christmas music all day long. I can honestly say this was the first Saturday in a long time where the TV remote went untouched. (Until 7:00 PM to watch The Grinch..)
I know that when I was young, the memories I remember the most weren’t necessarily my gifts (maybe that American Girl Doll I dreamed of…) but were the traditions we had as a family, unique only to us. My brother crawling in my room at 4:00 am as we anxiously waited for everyone else to wake… Watching the Polar Express year after year even though we already knew what happens to the bell… Eating appetizers in our pajamas after church on Christmas Eve… Hiding the pickle… the list could go on.
This Christmas season, I’m making it a point to focus on the loved ones around me. To be thoughtful and intentional with everything we do, because life is too short to do anything but. Whether you have new or old traditions, it’s who you surround yourself with that makes the season special.