Two Trees Symbolize New Traditions Remembering Our Mothers

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Walker and Jessica’s tree in St. Louis.
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Leah and Scott’s tree in Marietta.

With both of our two grown children, married in 2014, with homes of their own, pulling these two trees out again in 2017 symbolizes to us that we are starting new traditions at our house.

New Traditions…perhaps that is your thought, as well. Finding that “new normal”, whatever that is…This might be the first Christmas since someone you love dearly passed away in recent months, perhaps someone important to you is very ill this holiday season, or your loved one is far away from you this Christmas.

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The best gifts in life will never be found under a Christmas tree, those gifts are friends, faith, family and the one you love.” Anonymous 

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Last December, I was mulling around our attic trying to come up with some Christmas decor that I no longer need. I filled up a big box to haul to the M.U.S.T. Ministries Donation Center, hopefully in plenty of time for some folks to find them and use them in their own homes this Christmas. While up there, a mystery pursued. There were 2 cardboard boxes both marked lightly with an ink pen “Christmas Tree”. I knew that our family had a small ceramic Christmas tree when I was growing up and I remember as a little girl plugging it in every year.

Being from a family of six children, I was delighted to have this tree in my home. I had not, however, before this year, taken the time to unbox it since it was placed in my attic with my other Christmas things. My Mama passed on October 24, 2006, and this was the year I would light the tree in our own home! The mystery was that there were two of them. When I had a chance to ask Donny, he started remembering that when his mother was near death in 2010, she kept asking him, “Did you get the Christmas tree?’ He comforted her by telling her that he had gotten it, but he was not completely sure that we had. You see, his Mom lived in South Florida and became very ill in mid-February 2010. Donny, Walker and I had to drive her from here to Marietta along with as many of her things that we could fit in two cars, and we weren’t sure if the tree was there. Many boxes were placed in the attic after her passing on March 6, 2010. This year, the discovery of the Christmas trees was made. The trees are identical, both reminding us of our dear Mothers who gave us life, love, nurturing, laughter, and planted our roots deep. Though the second tree was not from Donny’s childhood, both trees now serve as a symbol of love and strength as we remember our mothers at Christmas and always.

He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not whither. Whatever he does prospers.”

Psalm 1:3

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8 thoughts on “Two Trees Symbolize New Traditions”

  1. We also had a ceramic tree just like that growing up. It’s a good memory to see one like it now. I am not sure where it is today, but we all liked it, especially my mother. Our bulbs were colored and we would rearrange them every year. What a sweet memory!

  2. That is three and perhaps many more that have not mentioned it that recall a little ceramic tree from their childhood…so dear. Elaine, ours also had the little colored bulbs that we placed in the holes, but I left them out so Mom’s would match my Mom-in-law’s exactly. Merry Christmas one and all!

  3. Oh Joan, how sweet.
    My mother had a tree like this as well. She put it between the two twin beds where her grandchildren, my children, slept. A sweet memory for them. When i I was first married she bought me my own ceramic tree. I display it every year and it reminds me of mother.

  4. This is beautiful tree. Moma had one made for me. It is still in the box this year. Reading your blog motivates me to pull it our and plug it in. Thank you, Sis. Your encouragement hits the spot!

  5. Loved this, Joan. I was amazed to see your big stuffed Santa! We have one that goes back to when my children were very little. Santa comes out every single year even though my children are grown and living in Colorado. When my younger son was about three, he snuck down the stairs and saw this Santa in a chair next to the milk and cookies. Just then my husband let out a big snore, my son jumped thinking Santa had fallen asleep, and ran back to his room. My husband died 7 years ago, and every season when I bring out Santa, I am reminded of how each year our family would laugh about how Santa snored early that Christmas morning.

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