No matter what favorite tradition we are doing, there is usually a book to go with it. I can't help it...I'm a former English teacher who believes that lives are enriched by books. Tree decorating is no exception. I love this parable by Liz Curtis Higgs, the same author that wrote the The Pumpkin Patch book I shared here. I also like reading The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein (click here for an edible tree craft we did with that book).
This sweet book, The Pine Tree Parable, shares the tale of a family Christmas tree farm, and how it is better to give than receive. Amazing message and beautiful artwork that draws in kids from ages 1-101. My oldest boys read it to their siblings while their dad (a.k.a. my muscle man who rocks) used his big muscles to carry up a few heavy totes full of ornaments.
I love the walk down memory lane as the kids hang their favorite ornament. We give them an ornament each year, some homemade, that represent them at that age. I love it that they make ornaments at school and church to add to our tree as well.
Most of our ornaments are hung on the top half of the tree. My sweet cheeked little kids see the ornament as toys, and who wouldn't? Cookie Monster, Thomas the Train, etc...they do look like toys! Each year I frame a small family picture and individual pictures of the kids. This year I'm placing the pictures on their own tree: a literal "family tree".
"I will honor Christmas in my heart,
and try to keep it all the year."