When I unpacked the ornaments decorate the tree in the bedroom, there among the fancy velvet ho ho ho and the glitter stars and the monogrammed wood cutouts….
….I found an ornament someone gave us the year we got married.
It’s a simple clear circle without a lot of fanfare.
Just two doves and a heart and the words “Our First Christmas Together.”
Years later 37 boxes of Christmas decorations live in our upstairs attic and I would trade every single one for this ornament. I can remember when it hung on a tree with only a box of shiny red ornaments and a little ribbon to keep it company.
I’ve never forgotten that tree.
And not just for that beautiful ornament hanging from its branches.
Here’s one of my favorite stories the second time around….
….because that’s the way the cookie crumbles. Continue reading