Have you ever sat back and thought about why you choose the decorations that you did for your Christmas tree? I think sometimes we get so caught up in the hustle and the bustle, that we just throw the tree together, and move on with the shopping, putting up lights and everything else that goes along with this season. I sat back tonight and really looked at my tree. You see I’m not a fancy kind of gal. I enjoy the simpler kind of life, one that is more about the meaning behind things instead of how much they cost or how flashy they are. The more I worked to capture the many ornaments that I’ve collected the more I saw that as a reflection in my tree. I have a lantern, a direct reflection of my deep love of camping and the wild outdoors. I positioned it with care, making sure there was a light to shine through it, because the light that shines within is very bright. Next a fabric material, with words to brighten the day, and to remind me why we celebrate. Next, you can’t have a tree with out Jolly Ol’ St. Nick, riding what I deem to be a female reindeer. I also have a hand knitted doll baby in my tree, her face is made of wood. She sits near that top and smiles, happy and content to be just the wooden girl that she is. No frills, no stress, just happy. Finally, one of the few handmade ornaments that my grandfather crafted before he passed on. I cherish these ornaments the most. I spent hours watching him hand design, sand and then paint these ornaments. They aren’t super fancy and a few of them need some touch up paint, as they have to be around 25 yrs old at this point, but to know that he made them, and that a part of him is here with me, that’s what matters. I have so many more ornaments, I couldn’t put them all here in this post. But I wanted to share just a few. I’m constantly learning that I am unique. And that I might be a little different than the “normal”, and that it’s ok. My tree is not a decorated tree you would find at Macy’s … but it’s my tree. Hand picked by me, decorated by me with items that mean the world to me. This season, celebrate your individuality and remember to capture it in pictures. Share those photos with others, and feel free to share with me if you would like. What a great time of year!!