|Christensen Family Christmas Tree|
In 1991 when Jessica was a newborn baby, we decided to start acquiring an ornament with each year of her life as part of the Hallmark series. Our initial thought was that as she grew up and moved away, she could take her ornaments with her to start her own tree, starting her own memories. It became a fun part of our tradition each year to take her and let her pick out what mattered to her that year. As Sarah came along in 1999, we started with her as well and our tree started becoming full with both of their ornaments. Along the way friends and family also added to our collection, all with good memories.
We realized a few years ago, that one day our children would in fact grow up and move away and suddenly there would not only be a void in our tradition, but on the tree as well! Our original wood ornaments were also starting to fall apart and glue gun repairs weren't always worth it. We decided to add to our collection, items from experiences that we had or places we've seen. In our collection there is an ornament commemorating the restoration of the Utah State Capitol, the Nauvoo Temple, Boston, the four corners of Utah, or our recent family cruise to Alaska among many. As we hang each ornament, we create for ourselves a found trip down memory lane for our family.
However Christmas also becomes a time for transitions. This year, Jessica was at Utah State when we put up our tree. It just didn't seem right to hang her ornaments without her, so we just set them aside until this evening when she could join us. While the tree seemed full, our hearts knew something was missing. We're not sure we like this transition, but I guess it's coming nevertheless.
|Jessica's ornaments wait patiently for her return|
|Daisy's stocking (our nine year old Lab who passed away)|
|Sock artwork created by Carlton's sister, Nancy|
|Sock Carlton came home in from LDS Hospital in 1965|