Since my in-laws were still visiting and would be leaving soon, we decided to buy and put up a Christmas tree a bit early. I also think my husband was excited about it because he was not home last year for Christmas. He was in Iraq. On day fifty-three we decorated our real tree, our first real tree since moving out of our parent’s houses. This ornament is my baby’s 1st ornament. 1981 represent! I have always loved this one and let no one else hang it ever! I’m glad that my Mom let me have it when I moved out. It is a small, but important part of my holiday traditions.

“Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.”  ~Laura Ingalls Wilder