By Jennifer Kearson
It all started about fifteen years ago, when I was with my parents eating our annual Thanksgiving feast. Feeling like stuffed turkeys and bored from watching losing football games, we decided it was time to bring out the Christmas decorations. We figured, why not? After all, glistening trees had already started popping up in stores and radio stations were beginning to be flooded with Christmas music.
After digging like chipmunks through the boxes in the attic, we quickly began to prepare our hearts for Christ while decorating the tree. Each ornament gave hints to its age or significance through its shape and color. Some represented my childhood artwork while others represented Santa and his reindeer. Most importantly, the angels, crosses and spiritual verses on the ornaments ushered in a feeling of great joy. Every year we find ourselves gasping at our finished pieces and the lights on the tree that remind us of the true meaning of Christmas. For every time we turn on the lights, we are reminded of the Light of our world, Jesus Christ.
Of course, the tree cannot stand alone with its beauty. Each year in the great room, my mom decorates the mantle piece with holly berries and courageous nutcrackers who tend to stare back at me while guarding the Christmas delights.
To the left of the fireplace on one of the bookshelves, is the manger scene. This manger is dear to my family because it creates a sense of peace, joy, love and hope. Naturally, its beauty alone can transform any dull room with the fruit of the spirit.
Typically, in order to complete every room with its own taste of style takes roughly two to three days. Interestingly enough, I know many of my friends and relatives believe Christmas blossoms a little too early at my house. But, with all of the present buying, gift wrapping, parties, cooking, and Christmas plays, decorating our house is a special time and now it's a tradition we enjoy every year!