Growing up, we used to head out into our own forest and cut down a tree for Christmas. Sometimes we had over or under estimated the size of the tree and we would have to do a little shaping and resizing before we could get it through the front door. (Memo to self: “Objects in forest are larger than they appear”). Of course, the one thing we could always count on was having a tree with very W I D E L Y spaced branches. So growing up, we filled in all those wide open spots with paper angels and homemade crafts and my parents filled the smaller spots near the top of tree with the smaller ornaments of memories from their own childhoods.
As an adult, I still always remember those trees and take a moment to reminisce on my childhood as I now decorate my artificial trees with more evenly spaced branches. Despite my desire for a more uniform and even a little bit commercial looking tree, I did pick up an artificial tree last year on sale, complete with multi color lights, that could be a family tree for the kids artwork and memories and for my own and even my parents’ childhood memories. We decorate this tree as a family of 3 generations bringing back memories from the past and making memories with the young ones for the future. No matter how beautiful any other tree in my home may be, my oldest daughter will always hold this one near and dear as her favorite. I hope she will also look back someday in fondness, as I do, of the special memories covering our unique family tree.