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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Time is Here


Christmas time is here
Happiness and cheer
Fun for all that children call
Their favorite time of the year
Christmas 1991 was the first Christmas Nancy and I celebrated as husband and wife. After talking about how we wanted to celebrate Christmas in our new family, one of the things we decided was that we would decorate our Christmas tree with one ornament a year. Each year we would find one special ornament, and only one, and hang it on the tree. It also had to have the year clearly marked on it.
That first was a traditional ornament that depicted a couple in 19th Century garb skating together on a snowy pond with the words, “Our First Christmas Together 1991.”
It didn’t matter that neither one of us skate, nor do we live in the 19th Century (however, I did have a mustache at the time), it was the perfect ornament for our first Christmas together.
The tree that year looked a little goofy with only one ornament on it (plus white lights and a simple garland). But we were looking ahead to the time when the tree would be filled with ornaments as we filled our home with children.
1996 was the sixth ornament for our tree and our first Christmas as parents. Nancy is a great mother, as I knew she would be. So the ornament that year reflected her new role as mother. (You can see R2D2 next to it, that was 2005′s ornament).
Snowflakes in the air
Carols everywhere
Olden times and ancient rhymes
Of love and dreams to share
Our tree now has a diverse collection of ornaments – from footballs to Ralphie with his Red Ryder BB gun.
My favorite is the ornament from 2001. It was our 11th ornament and our house was now full of those children that were just hopes 10 years before.
Sleigh bells in the air
Beauty everywhere
Yuletide by the fireside
And joyful memories there
Our tree now is full with 21 ornaments. The 2011 ornament was picked democratically – but also evidence of a family with three growing boys and one grown boy outnumbering the lady amongst us!.
In our family, Christmas is just about our most favorite time of year. We look forward to the time we get to spend together – playing hockey in the driveway, basketball in the gym, monopoly in the dining room, and baseball on the Wii. We also love the time we get to spend together at church. I’m usually preaching Christmas morning. When we first were married, Nancy had to sit by herself in the pew. Now that the boys are old enough to help with the service, carrying the cross or lighting the candles and taking the offering, she is again usually sitting by herself in the pew.
But we wouldn’t have it any other way. Because we are still all together, sharing memories and making new ones, since Christmastime is here again.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
Merry Christmas!
Christmas time is here
We’ll be drawing near
Oh, that we could always see
Such spirit through the year…
Christmastime is Here lyrics by Lee Mendelson

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