Tradition

2tree081This golden bird on my Christmas tree is the last remaining glass ornament I bought in Germany. There were a dozen of them originally, though a few were broken that very first year when our kitten pounced and toppled the tree. Others either never survived their shipment back to the States the following year, or our subsequent nomadic life.

The bird is not the oldest ornament on my tree. That honor goes to a faded blue glass globe topped with snow that once glittered. This ornament was my childhood favorite, and each year nestles in a secret spot at the back my tree.

I decorate my tree “old style” with as many glass ornaments as I can fit, alongside ones made lovingly by my children and grandchildren. It takes hours to create my sugarplum fantasy, working outward from trunk to tip and downward from top to bottom. It’s a labor of love. It’s tradition.

Tradition grounds us, centers us, comforts us. It represents our memory of the past, our enjoyment of the present, and our anticipation of the future. I wish for you to have abundant tradition throughout your life.

9 thoughts on “Tradition

  1. I love “old style” Christmas trees. My parents still buy a real tree every year and use all our favorite ornaments. It’s seems that we always sit around and reminisce about them even though we’ve heard the stories a hundred times. There is truly something comforting and wonderful about traditions. I love your gold bird, and that picture is beautiful! I hope you have a very joyous Christmas.

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  2. What a beautiful tree. Your story reminds me of the time my dad was re-telling the history of some of the ornaments. Unfortunately, he was discussing one I was holding. i was an awkward 12 year old holding in my hand a 100 year old ornament which I proceeded to drop and break. Fate/karma has punished me by crippling my ability to decorate a beautiful tree. I have 2 trees and both look like a hodgepodge of chaotic circus. No theme. It looks like a hurricane blew the ornaments onto the tree.

    Merry Christmas

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  3. Candice, although I love the ease of my pre-lit fake tree, I miss the fresh ones, but one of my granddaughters is allergic to pine and fir so we had to make that sacrifice. I wish your and your family a lovely Christmas.

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  4. Beautiful picture! I did not inherit a xmas tree tradition from my family – a hodgepodge of religious beliefs that included both xmas trees and menorot. I have been thinking a lot about traditions given that I am at a point of building my traditions from the ground up for my toddlers. At two years old, this is the first xmas that they will remember so I’ve been trying to include some newly minted “traditions” that they will remember fondly years from now.

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