Finding Joy in Him

Through Every Season

Trimming the Tree (with ornaments)

 Every Christmas up until last, I’ve bought the kids an ornament at the
after Christmas sales to add to their collection.. then each Christmas
the kids got to decorate the tree with their own ornaments.
They loved this when they were little..

Last year, the kids decided it was too much trouble to put their ornaments
on the tree and that they didn’t really care about collecting ornaments.
It kinda hurt my feelings..

I decided that if I was going to do all the work from now on
that I was going to start over with new ornaments for me.

At the after Christmas sales last year, I bought these ornaments
80 or 90% off.. I was so excited.. my favorite color..
I guess my blue and white tree has gone out of style..
there were so many of them left to buy.. I bought 20 for a little over $20.

A few weeks after that, I was diagnosed with breast cancer and needed
something to do distract myself from my impending surgery
and while recovering. so I started making the quilted ornaments
with the names of Jesus on them that I showed you in July.

Reading the names of Jesus all those weeks was great therapy,
but when I hung them on my new slim tree
a couple of weeks ago.. I didn’t like them. 🙁

I loved reading the names of Jesus on the tree…
and I love quilts.. They just aren’t my decorating style. :-/

So I decided to make simpler, paper ones.

I bought some scrapbooking paper in my favorite colors
and a corner punch and went to work.
 The cardboard, wire and beads I had on hand.

 Judi and I both liked the glitter idea.

Here’s my new, slim, names of Jesus tree.
I found the ribbon on clearance last year too..

There are 25 different cards with over a hundred names.

I decided that I had room for a few more ornaments
and divided all our old ornaments into themes.

 I hung the ones that reminded me of Jesus on the tree.

This is one of my favorites..

Then decided to save the snowmen for January..
and make a winter wreath or garland.
There were other ornaments that I will try and have the kids
go through and donate to a thrift store next year.
 I didn’t have a tree skirt.. so I pulled this satin out of my
grandmother’s stash and wrapped it around the tree.
George had to try it out right away.
 My newly decorated tree.
Here are the jpgs if you’d like to print your own:

 

 

 

 

🙂
J

2 Comments

  1. I’m so impressed by your creativity! Not my strong suit. Since we always leave town for Christmas, and since Bethany & Katie’s Heaven Day officially falls on Boxing Day (how ironic is that when you consider our last name and their current resting place?) we haven’t put up a Christmas tree the last two years. I’m much more likely to hang a wreath, so maybe I can make a Names of God wreath of some sort – maybe even one that would be appropriate year round.
    Thanks for sharing the jpgs!

    • Jennifer Coleman

      August 26, 2016 at 8:12 pm

      That’s a great idea! I’ve been looking for creative ideas for displaying God’s names year round. Been thinking about a pennant banner or prayer flags. His names comfort me when nothing else can. Taking time for creativity helps me heal.. breast cancer, grief, moving.. I think it helps me connect with the Creator and live in the present. Joel’s Heaven day falls on Pearl Harbor Day.. not near as ironic as Bethany and Katie’s, but Joel loved history… he was a walking encyclopedia and human calculator and played classical guitar, too. 🙂

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