Posted by: Billy Marsh | November 28, 2007

A Christmas Tree With Personality

Me and Kim and our Christmas Tree

Like most of you, the tradition in the Marsh household growing up was always to decorate the house and put up the Christmas tree on Friday evening, the day after Thanksgiving. I always enjoyed this time very much and for the four of us (dad, mom, sister, and myself), it was a time when we all just goofed off, enjoyed one another, and grew closer as a family. Though there were more events to experience this same warmth and unity throughout the following weeks leading up to Christmas day, that time in particular stood out for me as one of the more genuine and enjoyable nights of the holiday season.

Thankfully, both Kim’s and my own childhood Christmas experiences compliment each other. So, there is very little deliberation as to how to cultivate meaningful and heartfelt traditions in our marriage. We spent Thanksgiving with just the two of us this year here in Fort Worth, and it was such a wondeful time though we missed our families. We have both been so busy this semester that our constant complaint has been that we have not had enough time just to spend with one another. So, Thanksgiving week was a nice refresher and time of renewal for our relationship and quieting the chaos of our schedules so that we could enjoy each other’s company without a major paper lurking in the background or a stack of papers to grade haunting either of us in the back of our minds.

We cranked up the Christmas music, both instrumental and traditional, drank coffee, ate snacks, nibbled on left-over turkey, and unpacked all our decorations. Then, we proceded to spread Christmas cheer throughout the household in the form of ornaments, wreaths, lights, and so forth and so on. It was a wonderful time and I’m already looking forward to next year’s Friday night of decorating with my beautiful, loving wife of whom I can never get enough of.

I say that our Christmas tree has personality simply because there are so many different types and styles of ornaments on it that it defies being labeled under any official Christmas tree category or theme. I’m not a big fan of theme trees, but to each his own. However, with our tree you’ll be able to look closely at it and see both Kim and I in it (figuratively). There are Star Wars ornaments, Gospel-story ornanments, old decorations that I had from college, and both of us have hand-me-downs from our parents that we grew up putting on the tree.

I know it doesn’t look like much, but it is very special to Kim and I both. Whether or not you like Christmas trees, I hope that you all will make your traditions during this Christmas season both meaningful and full of personality, with thankful hearts being mindful of Christ, the Savior in each moment.

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