Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Bunched Ornaments-Children Christmas Truth

When my kids were young, our tree started out looking like this, with all their favorite and personal ornaments bunched in a group on their side of the tree. (Who knew trees had sides?) Once all the ornaments hung on the tree, I tried to discretely move some of them up higher or around to make a more balanced looking tree.

But you can guess what happened when they caught me. Oh, the whining and personal affront! You would have thought I'd eaten the last Halloween candy, or kicked the dog out in the cold.

I tried to reason with them, you know, I wanted a beautifully decked out tree and with company coming-so it would look nice.... Well, we came to a compromise, and I'd move the ornaments a bit closer to where they were put, and they would stop whining. After all, it was Christmas and I did not want to be Mrs. Scrooge, bah-hum-burger. So my tree was a bit "decorative-challenged" at Christmas.

"And she gave birth to her first-born son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn." Luke 2:7

Did God care that Jesus was born with out mid-wives or clean cloths or a nice pallet? Yes, I think He did care, but to reach us, He chose to limit His creativeness and come to our level.

Thank you Father, for making Your Son accessible to all.

Long live the unbalanced tree.


Kathy C. said...

Our tree still looks like that!

Jeanette Levellie said...

We are only bugged by that kind of thing because we somehow think that controlling the outward will bring balance to the inward. At least that's my little opinion, based on my own "fixing" of everything around me!

I'm so glad God isn't like that. Thanks for the reminder!Great post, as always.

Janna Qualman said...

We're at that stage with our kids right now. And what a great analogy! I'll try to keep this in mind, Karen.

Parsley said...

Great story. I think I would have forced them apart on the tree. I'm a little OCD like that. LOL Good analogy none the less.

Diane said...

Beautiful reminder. His humble beginnings make it possible for me to come. :O)

Karen said...

Kathy, that's a good thing. :)

Jeanette,yes, I like to fix things my way, after all, isn't my way the best? LOL....

Janna, oh, enjoy them, and take some pictures, for future memories...I didn't and had to make this one up.

Parsley, well, the whinning and sad eyes got to me. ;)

Diane, it amazes me how God did that. But I'm sure glad!

Deb said...

Oh yeah.

I remember those days.

And the old Christmas tree battle.

My perfectionistice attitude vs. my kids' anythingwilldo perspective.

I even had a hang up with the fridge door and their art work.

Crazy, I know.

But that's how it was back then.

Now, they want to know why I display my grandaughter's art work on the fridge and on the tree.

What can I say?

Grandchildren rule!

Sweet dreams.

Jean Wise said...

Great story. Our tree rotates so there is no sides! good reminder, Karen.

Hilary said...

That tree would look just fine after a few cups of egg nog. ;)

Karen said...

Deb, oh, I know aren't grandchildren, just the greatest?

Jean, I should have known your tree would be decorated ALL around, and rotate. lol....

Hilary, you know, you just might be right! :)

Melinda said...

Such a sweet post, Karen. I have done the same thing when my kids have helped decorate. I'm loosening up though and realizing it's not about perfection! ;0)

Libbie said...

Jey Karen! This made me laugh since I just took pictures today of my ornament stolen off of my big tree & put on oother little ones throughout the house. the whole bottom is bare (Good thing though I think the broken ornament count just hit the double digits!

Yes...Thanks you Jesus! For not just keeping Jesus in reach...but for gifting him to us! No greater gift will we ever receive!

Karen said...

Melinda, oh, how we all live and learn! I think we all can relate. :)

Libbie, and you made me smile. I can just picture it! Amen to your thanks.