home for Christmas…

I love Christmas
and I love it best when it’s homemade.

Though we haven’t been home much lately,
(that post is coming up later this week)…
I love sitting in the glow of this tree…

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which is covered with memories…
crafts the kids have made,
photographs of former years,
ornaments I’ve chosen for mine each year.

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This year, I hung our stockings next to the tree
rather than over the fireplace in our room…
(Including 3 new ones, ready for a new tradition
with the girlfriend’s family)
I like it this way.
It feels festive.

And…the snowmen and trees that the kids made,
I love them more each year.

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And, this little hand-painted nativity
makes me smile year after year.
I love that they did it themselves!

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Just like the past 10 Christmases, I let them decorate the house themselves.
I love to sit back and hear them exclaim
over the memories the decorations bring.

As Chad and I watched, we laughed.
For many years, all the ornaments were clumped around the bottom,
and I thought that when the kids were big
the ornaments would be hung evenly
throughout the tree.
Instead, they are just clumped higher…
and I still can’t bring myself to fix it.

Because someday soon,
I will be decorating the house myself
as I wait for them to come home for Christmas.

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