Heather Gray

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Trim The Tree Hop

 Trim the Tree Hop


We buy an ornament each year to represent the most significant event in our lives from the preceding twelve months. The year my first novel was published, we got a typewriter ornament.  The year we bought our first house, we bought an ornament that looked like a home.  We have an Idaho ornament for the year we moved there from Arizona and a Virginia ornament for the year we traveled across the country to put down new roots in that red clay soil.

As we decorate the tree, I pull the ornaments out one-by-one and tell the story of our family.  Each ornament goes up in order, and we recall together the triumphs - and the heartbreaks - that have brought us to where we are today.  We each have a different favorite, but mine are from the years each of my children accepted Christ.  See, I'm the mother of two amazing children, and I love them each dearly.  One of those children, though - my daughter - passed away in 2012 at the age of 9.  I will see her again, though, and no matter what direction my son's life takes, his eternity, too, is secure.  There is no better gift I could receive at Christmas (or any other time of the year) than the assurance that a day will come when I will once again be able to wrap my arms around both my children.


What about you?

What's your favorite Christmas ornament, and why does it mean so much to you?

(It's okay.  You can pick a fun story.  I have those, too!)


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My very favorite ornaments were made by my Mother. She has been making ornaments for us (my sister and 3 brothers) since we were little. I have also been collecting other ornaments since I was a little girl and each one hold a special memory but nothing compares to love that my mother has puts into making each of us an ornament for our Christmas trees. I am 50 years old and the present I look forward to the most is when her Christmas package arrives and I receive her homemade ornament of the year. I will always treasure each and every one of them.