Well the Christmas spirit has taken up all my time these past few weeks and I have been missing my time of remembering my mother before the disease we call Alzheimer. It is fitting how some of my fondest memories of my mom was her love of Christmas! The entire house would be decked from the mantle, the tree, the centerpieces throughout the house and of course that dinning room table. Always set from the 1st of December till after the New Years. She loved decorating the tree, and I know all of us have some memory of your own family and how you decorated the tree. My kids will remember that mama had "her" tree will all her "pretty-pretties" and they had their own tree (one for the boys and one for the girls) and that we all couldn't wait to decorate. My memory of my family was that we always decorated the day after Thanksgiving. We sometimes had real trees, but when my mom discovered the magic of fake trees we always had one and we all had to fluff-my least favorite part of the job. But my mom always taught us how to decorate the tree and make it apart of who you are as a family. Our tree had all our ornaments on them on the back:) and beautiful ornaments from Martins on the front. She would make bows and keep the decor throughout the entire place. The bookshelves were decorated, the mirror on top of the fireplace was taken down and a wreath was hung. Christmas floor mats, Christmas bathroom decor, you name she had it. She LOVED this time of year. She created such fond memories of Christmas and New Years. I just love looking at the pictures where life was abundant through her eyes. She would light up any room she entered with her joyfulness. Her tree always shined the brightest, she put a lot of lights on her tree. More than recommended. Her tree was a reflection of her, her brightness, her creativity, and her love. I hope this Christmas you all shine bright and enjoy you family and your friends. Health is a precious gift and if you are well, live bright, love creatively, and be joyful. Merry Christmas...
Mom got us matching vests...I still have mine:)
Dad loved spoiling his Queen
Try to ignore the fashion, and check out the tree
The night Johnny proposed...look at that tree
We now decorate mom's tree and as she sat and watched us she made a comment, one that let us know she's still there..."where's my big tree?" She had a 12 footer that she gave to me a while back. Here's your big tree mom, it's shinning bright just like you...love you
(ignore the ladder:))