Celebration.... When does it begin?
31 years ago I made this needlepoint star while our youngest son was hospitalized for four weeks in Colorado.
Such an uncertain time to pursue creativity, but healing for me as I waited for our son to be healed.
About 12 years ago my oldest sister stitched this felt star for me She birthed four delightful, adorable children, three of whom were thriving in their thirties when she made the star, but her youngest son was ill for over five years and had died nearly ten years before she created the star.
When I was a child I was certain that a freshly chopped tree was an important part of celebrating Christmas, but about 20 years ago I helped purchase my first artificial tree. The tree pictured above was set up each weekend afer Thanksgiving in my living room for the last two years since my husband died, but this year some of my children set it up in our family room and hung some socks on the window ledge instead of the fireplace mantle.
This year I decided I did not want a tree in the living room, but while I was at the dollar store I bought the little green wire tree perched on this window ledge behind the olive wood nativity scene my parents purchased for my husband and me 40 years ago. [Various herald angels are floating on the window above the nativity scene celebrating Christ's birth, I'm certain!]
But my daughters thought I might miss having a bigger tree in the living room so they surprised me by finding just the right spot for this one, decorated with many handmade ornaments including a little flock of sheep, to spur on our sense of celebration.
My 2 and 4 year old grand girls.
Celebration.... When does it begin? Looking back over the last 60 years, it seems to me now that celebration has not been so focused on particular days of the year like Christmas, or in special symbols or ceremonies, but rather in those moments throughout all my days when I have been loved and have loved, creatively, reflecting the One I am simply as a child growing to know as Creator, Savior and Lord in His kingdom ruled by Love.
When does celebration begin for you?