When Thanksgiving is past, it’s time to decorate the house for Christmas at my house. The family never has that ‘Let-down’ feeling after Thanksgiving dinner because the next day is to be filled with Christmas music, a warm fire, and tons of magic is sure to be in the air as we all participate in decorating. Whether your family has a tradition of decorating together or not, it is a great way to bring the family together for a time of joy and anticipation.
What better way to encourage all those you love and even those you tolerate in your family to ‘ all get along’ than to let them have a part in the cheer of the season. You may find that the ‘ole Scrooge’ in your family might just find himself getting into the spirit if he feels wanted and useful.
Here is what the day after Thanksgiving looks like at my house. We rise at an hour that feels good, and after everyone is wide awake we begin moving furniture to make a space for the Christmas tree. The men and boys go gather all the boxes and bags of Christmas decorations. Once everything is at arms reach, the tree comes out of it’s box. Momma puts the family favorite Christmas music on and the Cd’s begin to play one by one as the decorating commences. Everyone joins in. Dad hums along with Nat King Cole as the kids beam with joy. If you pay attention you’ll see many eyes sparkling as excitement fills the house and hearts.
Dad and little John place the lights on the tree just so, it’s teamwork you know. Momma and whoever wants to help place the garland around the tree as magical thoughts fill our souls. Sweet Anna sets out all the family heirloom decorations on the table that have been so lovingly preserved over the years. Memories of Christmas craft parties with friends are remembered as stories begin to fill the air in remembrance of how each ornament was made. “Dad painted this one,” “Oh, momma, do you remember when you made that one” and, “Oh, Josh, that’s my favorite ornament you did,” can be heard as memories fill the air. Of course a joke will follow from Josh as his boisterous laughter fills each heart with joy.
It’s time for the ornaments, Christmas balls first, then all the handmade ones, and don’t forget the icicles and ice skates as they gleam and glow. A tree wouldn’t be complete without homemade snowflakes, and the whole gang cheers when it’s time for the candy canes. Hurray for four boxes of red, pink and white ones this year!
Thankfulness to God fills our hearts, minds and dreams as we look forward to a love filled season this year. As the tree is completed, it’s time for lights out to admire the teamwork and formally usher in the season. The kids say, “This is the best tree ever,” and mom and dad say, “You can’t even tell the tree is 25 years old”. A sense of satisfaction is on every face as the whole gang relishes a job well done.
On to finish the house, but first a pause for hot cocoa or eggnog as it’s time for lights out while we watch The Polar Express, a just reward for all the hard work of the day. After the movie the Christmas village goes under the tree, further expanding the imaginations of all, young and old alike.
Will we do this again next year? If God permits, you bet. The love and closeness is beyond compare, and from my house to yours, we wish you a Very Merry Christmas and lots of family joy as you decorate your house and encourage family closeness that you may have never experienced before.
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