I love the ornaments on my Christmas tree. They all have special meaning.
We can remember where we got them or why we selected them and we enjoy reminiscing every year while decorating the tree.
But now that the kids are starting to get older, they are coming home from school with ornaments they have made and they want to put them on my tree!
On my beautiful tree!
Last year in preschool Peter made an angel out of a large white paper plate. It's a cute angel, but it's made out of a paper plate.
A large white paper plate.
It stands out like a sore thumb on my tree of colorful glass ornaments and intricate Hallmark designs.
As we were decorating the tree last weekend, Peter spotted this angel at the bottom of the ornament box and hung it front and center, proudly declaring "This is the angel that I made last year in school!"
And I will admit, as he hung this ornament in the most prominent spot on the tree, I cringed a little.
No problem, I thought. I'll just move it when he goes outside to play.
And that's exactly what I did.
As soon as he went outside, I took his ornament and I moved it to the back lower branches of the tree.
Later that evening, Peter came in and said, "Where's my angel ornament?" And after a frantic search he exclaimed, "Hey! Why is my angel way back here at the bottom of the tree?"
So I sighed a little sigh and I told him to place it wherever he wanted it to be.
And that's exactly what he did.
As I told my husband the story later that evening, he gave me a hard time and told me that Christmas is for kids. And then he does what he always does and reminds me that they will be gone soon.
And you know what? As usual, he's right. (There honey! You've got it in writing! You are right - as usual!)
Christmas is for kids. It's all about the kids learning about Jesus. It's all about the kids learning that giving feels good. And it's all about the excitement they have on Christmas morning.
So now, when I look at my tree, I smile.
And I'm pretty sure that every year I am going to place the kid's handmade ornaments front and center to remind me that Christmas is about a little baby - and not about my tree.
Can you spot Peter's angel ornament??
Here's a close-up...