At the end of the season, when the tinsel and wrappings and receipts are put away.. we find that what we yearned for all along was love .. to be loved, to have love, to share love.
The rest? Tinsel.
The tree’s going up today and yes we’ll add tinsel.
But I have found what I long for most is to linger in the traditions, the joy and the warmth that the tree lights evoke for me. I love that we’ll have Christmas music playing and how supper simmers softly on the stove. I love how the lights will illuminate the room and that all of us will mill around, adding an ornament here, tweaking a branch there and joyfully sharing in the experience.
That’s what I want to bundle up and keep forever. Those moments when my own are near, when each ornament evokes a memory, each sight and sound a delight.
That’s my tinsel.
And you? As you prepare for Christmas, what’s your tinsel?