My Christmas Tree Tells a Story


Christmas Tree 2011

My husband and I are not the most traditional couple but we do enjoy putting up the tree and adding the ornaments we have collected over the years.

After every last decoration was added I stepped back and surveyed our work and I quickly realized how much our tree says more than just “Happy Holidays.”

Each ornament reveals a little bit of who we are and our life together.

There are the ornaments that we acquired from our travels as a token of our trips–our first trip to the Bahamas, the honeymoon in San Francisco, our yearly Thanksgiving trip to NYC, our NASPA cruise to Alaska and our ten-year anniversary trip to Maui. Each decoration serves as a mini photo album, perserving a fond memory.

There are ornaments that friends and family have given us over the years, like the ones my supervisor gives to our staff each year (five and counting!) and the ones that personify our personalities–golf themed ones for Erik and a lovely array of glass high heels for me.

I linger over the ones that signify important milestones like the “Our First Christmas” one, or the ornaments we were given at our wedding.

Others represent where we have lived and where our educational and professional journeys have taken us. There are brightly colored symbols of Denmark, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, Albion, Muncie and Chicago.

An ornament with my grandmothers face shines from the lights behind it, a beautiful tribute of the woman I loved so dearly who passed 4 Christmases ago.

Our tree tells a story of longevity, a couple who have blended lives but remain distinct individuals. It shows where we have been and hopefully we will continue to add ornaments as we move on to the next stage of our lives.

Each ornament has a story, a memory or personal connection to a friend or family member. They are bright, glittery examples of the things that are important to us and the people we love.

What does your Christmas tree reveal about you?

Advertisements

About annmarieklotz

I write about all things education, personal & professional development and growth. Once is a question, twice is a discussion and three times is a blog post! Born and raised in Detroit Michigan but currently calling the Pacific Northwest home. I work at Oregon State University and belong to a fantastic community of higher ed professionals around the globe! Lover of theater and the arts. Live your best life!
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s