Driving down the road I see Christmas trees strapped to the tops of cars. I see decorations of all kinds. I see the reindeer in the yards grazing, lit up with strands of lights, the Santa in his helicopter (propeller spinning in the cool air), Christmas lights dangling from rooftops and every display of holiday cheer imaginable. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or another holiday this is one of the best times of year to have fun decorating and making memories.
Although, I do remember other wonderful decorations scattered throughout the house and the wonderful aroma of cookies baking, it's "The Hall" with the Christmas tree that stays fresh in my memory. So although we had a large house to adorn, it was one room and one main decoration that set the most important memory for me. The lesson? It doesn't matter how much money you have to decorate with. It doesn't matter how much or how little you do decorate your house. It doesn't matter if you have the reindeer in the yard or the Santa in the helicopter atop your roof. It just matters that you have a consistent theme to your holiday. A Christmas tree for me...but maybe it's the Menorah or the Kinara for you that will set lasting memories for years to come...maybe even generations to come.
In my family the Christmas tree takes center stage in my decorating also. Once the tree is set, the ornaments placed and the lights are a glow...time stands still. I hope it does for my children as it did for me, giving them time for dreaming.