Regardless of your thoughts about how commercialized Christmas has become or how far it has strayed from celebrating the birth of Jesus, decorating the house with a seven and three-year old is pure joy.
We have basically created a family tradition of beginning the decorating process of our house for Christmas the day after Thanksgiving. Today we headed up to the high country to get a tree. Hannah, my seven-year old is simply a blast to be around. She is eager to hike and hunt for trees with me. She helps string up lights, put ornaments on the tree, and does so while singing Christmas songs. When Courtnee asked Hannah what Christmas was about she was quick to remind us it’s the day we celebrate the birth of Jesus. Hannah even went so far to explain why He came to the earth- to die on the cross and raise again to save us from our sins.
Joshua, who is only three, is also eager to hike around with us as we search for that ever elusive perfect tree. And for the first time he jumped eagerly in on the decorating of the tree. He hasn’t figured out the concept of spreading the ornaments out throughout the tree (see the picture), but I appreciate his efforts. At one point Hannah started singing “Jingle Bells” and Joshua joined in the chorus. All I could do was smile. I said to Courtnee, when we are grandparents I want to have the grandchildren over to decorate the tree. There just isn’t anything better than the pure joy and innocence of a child.
I must say, the efforts of trouncing around a mountainside in search of a Christmas tree was worth the simple joy of decorating it with my children. May you fully enjoy the Christmas season and not forget it’s purpose and meaning and enjoy even the little things that occur at this time of year. God bless!