Twinkling Peace

The twinkle of lights bounce off the sleek hardwood floor. Sounds of a Country Christmas float through the air. A cat is curled up on the handmade tree skirt. It’s my favorite thing this time of year, snuggled on the couch with just the light of the tree to guide my evening.

The ornaments come from far and wide and bring together the beginnings of his, mine, ours, and hers. From the Dan Marino, to the Christmas pickle, to the decrepit unicorn, to the handprint snowman, the ornaments are our storytellers.
A story that remains largely unwritten. But you can be sure that every year, there will be a tree that sparkles and connects the past to today.

This tree, with those ornaments, that has seen better days but remains year after year. The tree that traipsed up three flights of stairs to grace the living room of our first apartment. Adorned with the obligatory “our first home” ornament right alongside the baby’s first christmas circa 1978, piece de resistance. This tree that followed us to our first house sits all a sparkle tonight and is a throwback to the tree that I crawled under every year growing up.

This tree brings peace to my heart. And in a time when it seems that peace is few and far between, I know how important and vital it is to savor these snippets. Whenever, however, and wherever we can.

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5 thoughts on “Twinkling Peace

  1. I just read something that said (and I paraphrase) – Grace is something more than what we say before dinner. It should be how we live our lives. You just reminded me of that with the way you used the word, grace. “To grace the living room…” I love the word – and your slice – and what it conjures in my mind. Thank you.

  2. Kim, I’m the same way…my favorite thing is to sit in the living room with only the lights of the tree (and a glass of wine). This year, I’ll add the glow of our fireplace. I also love telling the story of each ornament to Maddie and Katie – a whole tree full of stories. The only difference between you and I is that I refuse to hang even a shred of tinsel until AFTER Thanksgiving. 🙂

    • Lol Dana, nor do I. November 30th is open season in our house. There may have been an early Santa visit to beat the crowds and sneak a pic into our yearly calendar. 🙂

  3. I love sitting in a darkened room with the Christmas tree glowing. I, too, have a collection of ornaments from far flung times and places…probably many more than you could imagine, since my youngest is now a college junior!

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