As a mother of 4 elementary school children, I immediately became anxious over the Sandy Hook school tragedy. It’s a known fact amongst my friends and family that I purposefully do not watch the news because of the sadness that I feel from so many of the stories. I’m not proud that I am unaware of most current events but I believe that everyone finds coping skills to get through life and this is one of mine. It saddens me to think of the heavy hearts of all of those precious families in Connecticut! Last Sunday, our priest discussed many of the symbols associated with the Christmas season. He told us that the direction of the Christmas tree points to heaven. It seems only appropriate for the tree to be a highlight for this week.
We have always put up a real tree in our house. We have lived in our house for 11 years and the “tree” has had many locations. As our house started filling with furniture, we had to relocate it to the foyer. As Buddy the Elf says, “It’s GINORMOUS!” It truly is the biggest tree that we have ever bought! It’s beautiful and it smells great but it’s an obstacle course to enter through the front door.
As crazy as my life is right now, I still make time for some fun food for the boys. I made cinnamon rolls shaped like a tree and a tree shaped snack made out of kiwis. It’s so fun to take plain food and “kick it up a notch”!
Our money tree was the most creative project this week! Money is always the perfect gift but it seems impersonal to simply put it in an envelope. The most challenging project this week was our chocolate trees for our cake. The big boys had a date with dad so I took the opportunity to spend some quality time with the twins. I gave them several options and they chose to bake a cake…YIKES! I love to cook but baking is completely different!! It frazzles me to my core! The cake, icing and trees were from scratch. 2 ½ hours later…it turned out perfect and was delicious! For those of you that know me, you can imagine how much patience those little chocolate trees required!!
I’ve just started wrapping our packages and in honor of the Sandy Hook School I have chosen our Christmas tree labels to tag our packages. I will reflect on the direction of the tree and extend a quick prayer for the families, friends and community in mourning every time I wrap a gift. We are so fortunate to have each day with our children and loved ones…I hope that I never lose sight of our precious time together! Peace be with you and your families. Merry Christmas everyone…
I copied this post from a friend of mine on Facebook (Thanks Joanne!) It's an amazing spiritual twist on ‘Twas the Night before Christmas in honor of the Newtown School.