Oh Christmas Tree

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA“Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree, how lovely are your branches.” Those are words to a song that came to mind when I decided to post a few photos of our Christmas tree.

We don’t have a live tree or a green one.  Ours is skinny and white and I love it.  The ornaments truly stand out and it makes me think of a snow-covered tree. I realize it’s not for everyone, but we like and have gotten used to it.

On our tree are a few ornaments that I made when I was a girl, gifts from when we got married and the year Ian was born and other gifts, and ones that we have made.

Last year and this year, Ian has helped me make beaded ornaments.  And, he drew a manger ornament for this year.  I have to say it is my favorite!

Our tree is in our dining room next to a window.  In the evenings, we enjoy having it and one other light shining.  As we watch Christmas movies, read or talk, we enjoy the light of the tree.

Now to get the presents underneath.  That is a goal by tomorrow night.  Much to still do.  I better get to it. Just 5 Days until Christmas!

What kind of Christmas tree do you have?  I’d love to hear about it. Take care and Happy Friday!

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Throwback Thursday – Ian’s First Christmas

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHi and Happy Thursday. Today I decided to share several photo for Throwback Thursday.  They are of Ian’s first Christmas.  He was nearly 3 months old when these were taken.

I love his smile and he seemed so happy in his Santa hat.  We were having fun looking at each other.  That is my face in the top right.  When he was born, he was just under 10 pounds so he had grown quite a bit already.

He was posed by the tree with a place mat on his tummy. He constantly had his hands in his mouth when he was this age or his pacifier, paci, as we called it.  Now he’s 6 years old, tall for his age, and full of fun and energy.  It is amazing to think this is the 6th Christmas we have celebrated with Ian.  Each one has been special in its own way.

Early on, he just enjoyed smiling at people and looking at all of the lights and ornaments.  Then, he was happy with the gifts that we picked for him and played with them.  In recent years, he has been asking for items that he wants to receive.  Isn’t it amazing how quickly that changes?

Now, this year he has been curious about Advent (the season preparing for Christ’s arrival), is enjoying his Advent calendar, and knows what the meaning of Christmas is and why we celebrate it.  He is also discovering what we celebrate. At school, he has been learning about different traditions around the world.  You can see in my blog from yesterday that he gets it.  I am so proud of him for that.

I just can’t believe all of the changes in the last 6 years.  Here are a few more photos from his 1st Christmas.  Mr. Smiley was actually cooperating. I am ready to take a lot of new photos this year of him and the wonder of Christmas morning.

I wonder what his favorite part will be this year?  I can’t wait to find out.  I wonder how many happy tears I will have.  I imagine quite a few.

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Five Minute Friday – The Majestic Tree

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERATGIF!  I don’t know about you but I am so thankful it’s Friday!

Today I decided to write about Tree, which is the word for today’s Five Minute Friday.5minutefriday

Here are the rules:

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community…

Now Go…

The tree in the above picture is great isn’t it?  It’s tall and losing its leaves since it is fall. But it is what I think of a tree — tall, majestic, fascinating to look at, and always changing.

In that way, trees are like people.  We grow and change, have dignity, and are interesting to look at and learn about.

And, like people, trees come in all shapes and sizes.  There are the Redwoods, which are huge and larger than life.  There are the Bradford Pears, which have flowers and then leaves.  These are lovely but always a lot to clean up after since they drop all of the flowers and then all of the leaves.

And there is the Japanese Maple, which is short yet vibrant with color and one of my favorites.  I also like Fir trees, Birch trees, Willow trees, Palm trees, and Christmas trees as well.

I also think of the tree of life and a family tree.  I am fortunate enough to know about quite a bit of my genealogy since my mother has researched a lot and my grandparents told us a lot about our ancestors.  That is a treasure in itself and something I am grateful to know.

In fact, my mother recently discovered that we have an ancestor who came over on the Mayflower. This family history is especially special since it’s almost Thanksgiving.  I will write about them another time.

I don’t know about you but I love trees — the shade they provide on a hot day, the back support they provide when you want to sit under one and read, and the special ones that are planted in someone’s memory.

STOP… times up.   I decided to include photos of several trees.  Hope you enjoy these.  These have been taken in a variety of locations — in California, North Carolina, and Tennessee.

To read other postings about the amazing tree, please check out http://lisajobaker.com/2013/11/five-minute-friday-tree./

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