I put my tree up on Thanksgiving eve. I did it by myself this year. And I have to say, I love trimming the tree with Phyllis, this year, I really enjoyed doing it by myself. I got to spend the time looking at every ornament. I have so many favorites, I think I need another tree. I look at each one and the memory it holds.
This year, I picked up one and thought "you really should get rid of that one". It says "our first Christmas 1997". I got it when I was engaged to someone I obviously didn't marry. I never put it on the tree. Its a part of my life that has passed, however the ornament is still there. I looked at it, and then just put it in the box.
One of my very favorites is the snow man with the mouse doctor. Purchased the year that Phyllis was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. This ornament has no ties to Jesus in any ways by looking at it, with the exception of when I look at it. Phyllis no longer has JRA, and it is only by God's healing is she cured.
My tree will never win Better Homes and Garden's tree of the year, but I wouldn't trade it, ever.