In previous years we would put the tree up the day after Thanksgiving and then take it down sometime after the first of the New Year. Last year we put it up thinking the same but instead that turned into 9 months longer than we thought. You can read about that here.
Last year we put up the tree thinking about possibly celebrating Christmas with both of our sons.
This year we put up our tree knowing we are celebrating Christmas with both of our sons.
Last year I would sit in my dark living room with only the tree lit up. I would stare at my tree, sometimes crying, and pray out to God for him to move. To provide some sort of a miracle that would change the current situations so my son could move to Ohio.
What is even more amazing is while putting up our Christmas Tree this year I was filled with thankfulness and an overwhelming feeling of blessing. We were putting our tree up with both of our sons and talking about all the fun things we will be doing this month for the Holiday season.
The tree is also a reminder of why we even celebrate Christmas. It is the birth of my Savior. Jesus being born fulfilled so many promises of God that are found in the Old Testament. Jesus’ life was living out those promises.
Christmas has always been my favorite Holiday. My entire life my parents worked so hard to make our Christmas morning -amazing-. A few years ago my family experienced a death 5 days before Christmas that rocked me to my most inner core that I never even knew existed. For a few years Christmas was not fun like it use to be. It was hard. But, with Jesus comes healing. Can I say that again? With Jesus comes healing. Jesus has healed my heart and carries my pains. Christmas has a whole new meaning to me now since M is here. Christmas is no longer shadowed by death and worry. It is covered with who Jesus is and what Jesus promises. His promise to all of us is eternal life through him, his promise to me is M.
The excitement and anticipation of Christmas this year cannot simply be put into words.