12.12.2006

New Traditions...


We packed a 20 foot container to go across the Atlantic to London last year. Due to space where we were moving (or should I say lack of it), I did not bring our ornaments for Christmas. That was a mistake. I truly underestimated how important it would be for me to have our familiar trimmings as we decorated for the holidays in our new home. Despite feeling a bit lost in the holiday shuffle, we bought our tree last week and that night John put on those little white lights. I have to say that it is one of the prettiest trees we have had since we have been married. Pondering how to do ornaments since ours were all left at home was quite hard. After being inspired by a friend here, I decided to do things different this year. We purchased some Christmas movies and the kids and I sat for a few hours and made popcorn and cranberry garland for our tree. It was a real sweet time with my children doing something none of us had ever done before. A new tradition. A new memory. Later I snapped this pic of my son Jack. He single-handedly decorated our tree with a few ornaments that have been given to us by friends here...and he did a great job. I haven't moved one of them! Thanks Jack for picking up my slack...I can tell you that your excitement is contagious!

4 comments:

Andrea said...

Anna
How wonderful. I love the new tradition you made in a new country. I saw a special on TV once on how the English celebrate Christmas (specifically in the countryside) It looks so amazing. Be sure to share some more of your "new" traditions and Christmas experiences with us. I will enjoy seeing them.

Anonymous said...

It is 1l:00 PM here in Virginia and we all returned to our homes tonight in Richmond. It was hard leaving "our baby" behind in Charlottesville but we continued to have good news today. Dawn and Gib and I were able to touch, and help the nurse turn him this afternoon. What a glorious feeling to see his father lift him so gently and to watch his mother sing to his ear. He moved his legs ever so slightly and his little chin quivered. I understand from his nurse today that it is likely we will be spending Christmas in the NICU. Thank you all for your prayers so very much...... Mac's Grandma Barb

Judy said...

Anna, in years to come, you may treasure those garlands and ornaments even more than you do the ones you left behind here in the US. I am sure the children would be happy to make some paper ornaments if the tree is lacking enough, and they will be so proud of their accomplishments.

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful Christmas tree and Jack's doing a great job decorating! Truly an old-fashioned Christmas with popcorn and cranberries. Love you, Mom